Asbestos contaminated source identified as Allora Waste Facility
As a part of recent enquiries into low-level contaminated soils located at Collegian Junior Rugby League field and Warwick Central State School, Southern Downs Regional Council can confirm the Allora Waste Transfer Facility was identified as a source of asbestos contaminated material which was purchased by an external contractor to make top soil.
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) confirmed the presence of asbestos at the Allora Waste Transfer Facility after inspecting the site as a part of ongoing investigations into the matter.
Upon becoming aware of the presence of asbestos, SDRC took immediate measures with initial remediation works taking place at the site. Other parts of the site have been sectioned off and are awaiting further remediation works.
Until works are completed at the Allora site, only general waste, green waste and cleaned containers eligible under the Drum Muster Program will be accepted. Operating hours remain unchanged.
Initial investigations into the presence of the asbestos at Allora indicate some users have unlawfully disposed of asbestos material at the facility. Asbestos is prohibited at all SDRC waste facilities, except for Warwick and Stanthorpe. SDRC is currently reviewing its waste management procedures and practices and is working closely with WHSQ to undertake a number of measures and to ensure all workplace health and safety obligations are fully met in the future.
SDRC has engaged Building and Asset Services (BAS) to assist in managing the site remediation at the Allora facility. The site will undergo a range of remediation activities to ensure it is compliant under the Workplace Health & Safety Act 2011.
Should the community have questions or concerns about receiving contaminated soils, they should contact their local supplier in the first instance to confirm the source of material used in the soil. Questions should then be directed to WHSQ or Council.