There are 35 new local council areas that have been added to the existing list of 28 councils identified as being affected by loose-fill asbestos and eligible for assistance as part of the NSW Government’s Voluntary Purchase and Demolition Program.
The 35 new councils in southern NSW are listed below for you and I have provided you with the links to the relevant pages on the NSW Fair Trading website, also found below.
Free sample testing will be provided for up to 100 properties in each of the newly listed councils and homeowners whose properties were built before 1980 have until August 1 this year to register. the NSW Government has determined that demolition, comprehensive site remediation and disposal are the best ways to ensure the health and safety of the NSW community.
This Program allows homeowners affected by loose-fill asbestos in these areas to have access to the financial assistance and support available as part of the Program. Over time hazardous airborne fibres can move from the ceiling into living spaces. Loose-fill asbestos is raw crushed asbestos, which in the 1960s and 70s, was installed as insulation.
The Government’s assistance program is your chance to protect occupants from the financial consequences of loose-fill asbestos. NSW Fair Trading will provide financial assistance and support to affected homeowners and tenants, but they personally must register by 1 August 2016.
The NSW Government is proposing new laws to protect future homeowners from unknowingly purchasing a property that contains loose-fill asbestos.Under these proposed laws, when selling a property, homeowners would be obligated to confirm in the contract of sale if the property:
- contains loose-fill asbestos; or
- is free of loose-fill asbestos.