Connie Bonaros MLC calls on SA government to address asbestos at schools

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SA-BEST MLC Connie Bonaros on Wednesday introduced legislation that called on the state government to develop and execute a plan to eradicate asbestos from the land, buildings and facilities of the schools and preschools within the next 10 years.

Bonaros asserted it was imperative that the government established a clear and actionable plan to tackle asbestos legacy issues in schools.

According to Adelaide Now, figures released to Bonaros under Freedom of Information revealed the names of the school and preschool sites on the asbestos register.

SCHOOLS ASBESTOS LIST. Photo The Advertiser.
SCHOOLS ASBESTOS LIST. Photo The Advertiser.

“Safe enough is not good enough. The deadly consequences of asbestos exposure are well-documented – it’s simply not worth the risk” Bonaros said.

“A proactive approach to asbestos awareness is pertinent in helping the school communities understand the necessity in removing all asbestos in our schools.”

Asbestos is lying dormant in more than 500 government schools and preschools across South Australia, new data shows; exposure to asbestos fibres can cause diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.

Education Minister, Blair Boyer said the government would consider Bonaros’ bill while the statewide asbestos register ensured ongoing monitoring of sites.

Source: Adelaide Now

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