Asbestos scare at Two Wells site

LARGE quantities of building material waste containing traces of asbestos have been illegally dumped at one of Adelaide Plains Council’s hard waste disposal stations.

Council recently discovered a significant portion of asbestos-ridden waste at its Two Wells Transfer Station (TWTS), which was immediately closed off to the public.

Adelaide Plains Council chief executive James Miller said, once council was made aware of the potentially hazardous material, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was notified and appropriate action was taken.

After the waste was examined, it was taken to council’s Carslake Road quarry site, in Dublin, where it awaits final inspection before it can be disposed of appropriately.

Former Mallala Mayor Steve Kennedy owns adjoining land to the privately-owned quarry site, and said he was angered that council didn’t notify him that the material was going to be transported in the vicinity of his property.

“I’m absolutely disgusted that it’s been dumped there,” he said.

“It’s not just a small amount, it’s hundreds of tonnes worth of waste and spread out across a very large area.”

Mr Miller said council did not notify any of the adjoining landowners prior to the transportation of the waste, based on information it received from an asbestos consultant, and he was confident council had dealt with the issue accordingly.

“The early advice from SafeWork SA is that council has managed this incident well,” he said.

“I will be preparing a report to our Governance Advisory Panel to ensure all aspects of this are thoroughly investigated and corrective action taken, should any shortcomings be identified.”

Tom Staggard

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Born and raised in Adelaide's northern suburbs, Tom attended Tyndale Christian School in Salisbury East before studying journalism at the University of South Australia. Tom joined The Bunyip in June 2017 after previously working in the Adelaide Hills for The Courier newspaper in Mount Barker and the Weekender Herald in Crafers. As part of his role, Tom will cover the Adelaide Plains and Playford council regions. Away from work, he is a massive sports fan and loves all things football, cricket, basketball and soccer.

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