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Asbestos awareness week in the Highlands

Asbestos fibres

With this week, being asbestos awareness week, we're being reminded to use the services of a licensed contractor to remove the toxic product.

Asbestos was widely used in building materials up until the mid-1980’s and can be found in flooring under carpets, linoleum and vinyl tiles, to name a few.

Research from the Australian Government shows 1 in 5 home renovators have encountered asbestos, but only half sought any kind of professional help to deal with it.

Wingecarribee Council’s Group Manager of Planning, Nick Wilton says Asbestos-related diseases still contribute to some 4,000 deaths each year across the country.

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