Southern Downs Regional Council has confirmed asbestos found on two sporting fields in Warwick came from a council waste facility.
In a media statement, the council said recent enquiries by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland “into low-level contaminated soils” located at Collegian Junior Rugby League field and Warwick Central State School had confirmed the Allora Waste Transfer Facility was the source of asbestos contaminated material, which had been purchased by an external contractor to make top soil.
“Upon becoming aware of the presence of asbestos, SDRC took immediate measures with initial remediation works taking place at the site,” the statement said.
“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.”
The council said initial investigations into the presence of the asbestos at Allora indicated some users had unlawfully disposed of asbestos material at the facility.
Asbestos is prohibited at all SDRC waste facilities, except for Warwick and Stanthorpe.
Questions should then be directed to WHSQ or the council on 1300 697 372.
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