Council to deal with Asbestos material at Helensburgh track

February 21, 2024 10:19 am in by
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Work will start this month on the removal of contaminated soil material from Helensburgh Mountain Bike Park.

The park was closed in mid-2023 after ‘Asbestos Containing Material’ (ACM) was found in the soil imported to the site and used to construct the park’s dirt tracks.

Since the closure, Council has been working with the licencee Helensburgh Off Road Cycle Club to develop a plan to remediate the site.

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This has included Council undertaking weekly site inspections, working through a notification process with the EPA and developing a Scope of Work for the remediation of the site.

Finalising the remediation plan was complicated by the fact additional fragments continued to be found across the site during the regular inspections across 2023 increasing the complexity of the clean-up operation.

“This hasn’t been an easy site to work with as the parameters we’re working within kept changing with each new find,’’ Wollongong City Council General Manager Greg Doyle said.