Asbestos all-clear as Apollo Bay clean-up finished

Officials fenced off part of Apollo Bay's foreshore after an asbestos find, but workers have since removed the hazard.

Officials fenced off part of Apollo Bay’s foreshore after an asbestos find, but workers have since removed the hazard.

APOLLO BAY’S foreshore is clear of asbestos after the Environment Protection Authority issued clean-up notices for contaminated soil at the shore.

Otway Coast Committee representatives co-ordinated the clean up of three sites across Apollo Bay at the foreshore, golf club and pony club.

The EPA directed the group to clean up pieces of asbestos sheeting which people found in soil along the foreshore.

The soil was from a Pascoe Street construction site, and the OCC used it to top up sections of the foreshore and at the two clubs.

OCC executive officer Gary McPike said the group was working towards unrestricted access to the sites.

“The OCC have already begun to restore the Apollo Bay foreshore to full public use after potentially contaminated ‘clean fill’ was transferred to the area,” Mr McPike said.

“Over the last two weeks the OCC, in partnership with the Apollo Bay Golf Club, engaged an occupational hygienist, and class A removalist company to check all suspect sites and remove any fragments of cement sheeting found.

“On the four foreshore sites an additional seven small pieces were found, after a thorough inspection.”

Mr McPike said his group worked to ensure the areas were free of any type of potentially dangerous material.

“The EPA ‘clean-up notices’ were only for asbestos however the OCC was concerned that other contaminants may be present,” he said.

“As a precaution and to ensure no further risk to the public was present, the OCC engaged Hazcon Pty Ltd to undertake extensive testing for other contaminants in line with the EPA’s protocol ‘Vic EPA IWRG621’.

“These tests look for a broad list of possible soil contaminants from heavy metals to hydrocarbons, pesticides and volatile organic compounds.”

Mr McPike said testing revealed all foreshore sites were clear of any other contaminants.

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