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IMPROVING RURAL HEALTH

GARDS PUSHING FOR MOBILE ASBESTOS DISPOSAL FACILITY

January 9, 2011

Providing better support for sufferers of asbestos related disease and ensuring that community members have a means to dispose of the product safely are key priorities for GARDS (Gippsland Asbestos Related Disease Support)

according to Chief Executive Officer Vicki Hamilton.

Mrs Hamilton’s comments came during a meeting with Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester at the GARDS office in the Latrobe Valley.

Experts believe the number of people diagnosed with asbestos-related disease will not peak until 2020.

Mrs Hamilton indicated to Mr Chester that GARDS was pursuing the establishment of a mobile facility to safely dispose of asbestos in communities across Gippsland.

“The best way to reduce asbestos related disease is to provide a way to dispose of the product safely,” Mrs Hamilton said.

“Having a mobile disposal facility operating throughout Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley would be a great tool in managing asbestos locally.

“We already have other initiatives underway which assist homeowners to remove asbestos safely and a mobile facility is the next logical step in making sure the product is disposed of safely.”

Mr Chester is one of 10 founding members of the Parliamentary Group on Asbestos Related Disease (PGARD) which is co-chaired by fellow Gippsland MP Russell Broadbent.

He said all Gippslanders should be aware of the dangers presented by asbestos.

“There are still a huge number of products in our homes and other buildings which contain asbestos,” Mr Chester said.

“For the home handyman, this is particularly important when you consider the number of homes in our communities which undergo renovation.

“It’s critical that we all stay informed of the risks associated with products containing asbestos and seek specialist advice when dealing with the product.”

Mr Chester said he was looking forward to helping raise awareness of asbestos related issues in Canberra through his role with PGARD.

“GARDS continues to do an incredible job in advocating on behalf local families affected by asbestos related disease,” Mr Chester said.

“With the establishment of the Parliamentary group, Russell Broadbent and I will work with MPs from all parties to raise awareness of asbestos related issues.”

Anybody seeking advice on asbestos related issues please phone 5127 7744, visit www.gards.org, email info@gards.org or visit the GARDS office at 41 Monash Rd, Newborough.

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