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Standard fact sheet.

Demolition and remediation process 

For the Loose-fill Asbestos Voluntary Purchase and Demolition Program

The demolition process of the Voluntary Purchase and Demolition Program will be undertaken by appropriately licensed experienced asbestos removalists and demolition contractors.

Demolition and remediation

The removal of loose-fill asbestos from the affected property will be done by a Class A Licensed Asbestos Removalist (LAA).

An asbestos removal control plan, safe work method statements and oversight by a LAA will be developed for each property.

The Taskforce will work closely with local Councils to make sure everyone, including neighbours and people in the immediate area of the asbestos removal and demolition are informed before demolition begins.

The premises will then be demolished in a controlled manner using dust suppression measures to make sure any non-bonded fibres are not released into the air.

Air monitoring will be done during the asbestos removal and demolition to make sure the control measures are effective.

Once the premises has been demolished, the contaminated soil on the property and an area surrounding it will be removed.

Testing will be undertaken to ensure the soil from the footprint of the affected premises is not contaminated with loose-fill asbestos insulation and a clearance certificate will be issued by the LAA.

Environmental Demolition Plan

The Taskforce will work with each homeowner to discuss the specific demolition process plan for their property.

As no two sites will be the same, each will be individually managed with an Environmental Demolition Plan that addresses the needs of that site. The Demolition Plan will contain more specific information about the demolition of the property of the property and will include a Demolition Register. The Demolition Register will identify key dates and outline the demolition activity that will happen during those key dates.

Noise, rubbish and security

As with any house demolition, there will be building site noise during the daytime. You can expect the most noise to happen on the day of the demolition. Contractors are bound by, and must comply with, environmental and safety laws.

There will also be minor night time noise during the demolition process for affected properties. One of the main reasons for night time noise will be the negative pressure units (as part of dust suppression measures) that have to run 24/7 within the building. All efforts will be made to reduce the impact of noise at night.

Once a demolition is scheduled, the Taskforce will keep neighbours informed of the plan and updated on the progress of the demolition.

The Taskforce will assist with any concerns or problems with dumping of rubbish or security of the property.

When will my property be demolished?

Flexible principles will be applied to scheduling the demolition of properties for approved homeowners participating in the Program.

When organising the timing of demolition, grouping affected properties together geographically will also be considered to make sure the Program is efficient.

Affected homeowners should contact their assigned Case Manager with any questions.

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