According to Clr. Saville, Asbestos has been found in the Chatswood High School (CHS) oval fill. Over many years, fill has been used to maintain the oval, & at times the oval has been dug up & drainage attended. I am not aware if any soil (or fill) testing was done during these activities.
A synthetic grass oval was to be installed with funds allocated from the Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) with developer Meriton, negotiated by council. Fill sampling has revealed the presence of asbestos fibres.
Additional costs for safe asbestos removal are beyond the funds allocated from the VPA, and this project has been placed on hold. Council will approach the local member, Ms Gladys Berejiklian for funding to meet the extra costs.
The following questions must be raised:
a) was any sampling was undertaken previously?
b) is the asbestos throughout the fill or is it in locations that can be isolated from current use?
c) can the asbestos be stabilised or consolidated to prevent dispersal and/or fibres becoming airborn as soon as possible?
d) how safe is the oval for use with or without the synthetic grass cover?
The DET has built a new primary school adjacent to the oval, I am concerned that asbestos is a health hazard, and that young people, being closer to the ground, and in close proximity, are particularly exposured.