Boat owners are concerned about the presence of asbestos in
rubble on a groyne near the Fremantle Sailing Club.
The asbestos was discovered after a digger operator was engaged
by the sailing club to remove debris and dumped material from
the “Kalbarri” groyne area on Anzac Day.
Broken piping at the site tested positive for asbestos, and the
sailing club roped off the end of the groyne and erected a
Concerned locals arranged their own testing, which showed the
presence of both white and brown asbestos, and boat owners are
concerned about dust that has been blowing from the site since
Fremantle Sailing Club Commodore Bill Burbidge said the
discovery was dealt with swiftly.
“Once we became aware of it, we contacted experts to cart it
away,” he said.
He said there was nothing to indicate there was anything to be
concerned about before the work was carried out.
Building materials have been dumped at the Kalbarri groyne for
But Commodore Burbidge said there were regular efforts to clean
up the site, and there had been no issue with asbestos
The site is not easily accessible to the public, with a large
steel gate blocking entry to the groyne from Cape D’Orlando
Drive, some distance from the warning sign.
However, the ABC spotted two people on the groyne who appeared
to have been from the water.
A spokeswoman for Worksafe said the issue had been looked at,
and it was believed the sailing club had acted appropriately.
Call for more caution on work sites
Robert Vojakovic, the president of the Asbestos Diseases
Society, said caution should always be taken before using a
digger in an area where building materials have been dumped.
“How can you cordon a fibre? The fibre will still go up in the
air,” he said.
“Surely it should be investigated prior to going in there. And
what are you going to do with the debris?”
Mr Vojakovic said there needed to be better work practices
across WA and he believed some complacency regarding asbestos
had been creeping in.
But he said, in a positive development, WA residents had become
less likely to dump asbestos inappropriately, such as in