Asbestos debris has been identified in the bush area adjacent to Old Mill Road, adjoining the Western Springs Outer Fields. Experts from Auckland Council’s Risk Assessment Programme have visited the site to assess the area and the risks posed to the public.
The area is adjacent to a historic landfill. From observation, the asbestos material is broken pieces of fibrolite (asbestos cement often used in buildings pre-1985) that has been there, undisturbed, for many years. A small amount of asbestos fibrolite has made its way to the surface due to people creating informal mountain bike tracks through the bush. Due to the nature of the bush, it is not possible to see where other asbestos pieces may be located just under the surface.
Auckland Unlimited has taken expert advice to mitigate the risk. The safest way to deal with the risk of exposure is to leave the asbestos undisturbed and for those using the bush area to keep to the existing formed tracks.
Auckland Unlimited has erected clear signage that advises people of the presence of asbestos and warns people to keep to the formed tracks and to not dig or otherwise disturb the soil throughout the bush area.
Auckland Unlimited has also halted all replanting in the area that could potentially unearth more asbestos. We are seeking to undertake further investigations, with a view to narrowing down the known contaminated area so bush restoration can take place throughout the balance of the area.
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