The NSW Government will undertake 250 free tests for loose-fill asbestos insulation in the Tamworth Regional Council area, after a local property was confirmed to have contained the product.
“If you are the owner of a pre-1980s residential property in the Tamworth Regional Council area, you are eligible to register for the free testing. Once the testing has been completed, the outcome of those tests will inform any further action that needs to be considered,” NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe said.
Loose-fill asbestos is raw crushed asbestos, which in the 1960s and 70s was installed as ceiling insulation in an unknown number of NSW homes.
Over time, hazardous airborne fibres can move from the ceiling into living spaces. Experience in both NSW and the ACT has shown that simply removing loose-fill asbestos from a ceiling cavity does not effectively remove the hazard. You can register for free testing online at www.loosefillasbestos.nsw.gov.au or call Service NSW on 1300 784 379.