During the 1960s and 1970s, pure loose-fill asbestos was sold as ceiling insulation for residential and commercial premises in Australia. A company known as ‘Mr Fluffy’ installed this insulation in properties in and around the ACT and parts of NSW.
Sampling programs between 1989 and 2009, identified 13 properties in Queanbeyan City and the surrounding local government areas of Yass and Palerang as containing asbestos material installed by Mr Fluffy. Two other contractors may have installed loose filled asbestos insulation during this time in southern NSW.
The NSW Minister for Finance and Services, Dominic Perrottet MP, announced an independent investigation to help determine the number of premises in NSW that may contain loose-filled asbestos ceiling insulation material by offering:
- a free independent technical assessments to affected homeowners to advise on and confirm the adequacy of risk controls in each of the identified homes for a 12-months' period.
- a free testing service to residents in the 14 local government areas, for any suspected loose-fill asbestos from homes built prior to 1980, for a 12-months' period.
- continue to fund the role of the Project Manager – Asbestos Policy at Local Government NSW throughout 2015 and 2016 to support and assist councils in adopting and implementing the Model Asbestos Policy across the State.
A fact sheet, questions and answers, and further information can be found at the WorkCover website. You can contact WorkCover on phone 13 10 50.
Information about asbestos and how you can become aware of its presence in your home and how to manage this, is available below.
The NSW Government announced its assistance package on 19 December 2014 for residents in homes with loose-fill asbestos. For further information or to register for a service, please contact Service NSW on phone 13 77 88.