Thornlie resident Norm Thompson couldn’t believe it when he was told his fence had Asbestos in it. When a 70-year-old man got a quote for the removal of the fence after a tree fell on it. Two fencing removal companies told him there was Asbestos in the fence. One quote listed an extra $1360 charge to remove the Asbestos from his fence as it is dangerous to remove and workers must wear correct protective gear.
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The home was built in 1985, Norm purchased it in 1987 and never thought the fence would have Asbestos in it. “This must be happening at homes all over the suburbs,” he said. He called the council to remove the Asbestos from the fence.
City of Gosnells chief executive Ian Cowie said it was important to note that local government approval was generally not required for dividing fences.
“The City does not have a policy regarding Asbestos as issues relating to Asbestos are governed by the State Government’s Health (Asbestos) Regulations 1992,” he said. Thompson said he wanted to warn people because there might be residents who don’t realise they have Asbestos in their fences.
Asbestos Diseases Society of Australia president Robert Vojakovic said one way around the issue was to spray paint fences. “If you buy paint and spray it on the fence it can prevent the release of the fibres,” he said. “A lot of houses