Apollo Bay foreshore asbestos find confirmed by EPA

774 ABC Melbourne

By Simon Leo Brown

Updated Tue at 1:22pmTue 13 Jan 2015, 1:22pm

Test results for asbestos on the Apollo Bay foreshore have come back positive, however widespread contamination has not occurred.

Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) chief executive Nial Finegan said the debris found in soil used by the Otway Coast Committee was asbestos.

He said the asbestos sheeting had not contaminated the soil, which had been used in landscaping works around the foreshore.

“It will be much easier to clean up,” Mr Finegan told 774 ABC Melbourne’s Steve Martin.

He said clean-up notices had been issued to the coast committee and golf club.

“We will work with them… to get it done as quickly and as safely as possible,” said Mr Finegan.

A 50-square-metre section of the Apollo Bay foreshore has been covered and cordoned off.

The soil had been provided to the Otway Coast Committee by a council contractor.

Otway Coast Mayor Frank Buchanan has said that responsibility for the matter lies with the Otway Coast Committee, not the council.

Cr Buchanan said the soil had been inspected before being used but “no asbestosy-looking stuff poked out”.

The Otway Coast Committee has been contacted for comment.

Prior to test results being known, committee chairman Andrew Buchanan said they had acted immediately on all directions from the EPA and were keeping the community informed of all developments.