Queensland Health, in conjunction with other government agencies, is conducting an investigation into asbestos-related health concerns surrounding the former:
The investigation will:
The primary focus of the investigation is to assess the current health risk to residents.
Terms of Reference (PDF, 62KB) for the investigation has been established and outlines the investigation background, scope, process, potential issues and participating government agencies.
Thorough research on the number of asbestos related health cases in the area is currently underway.
An epidemiology report on the mesothelioma notifications in the suburbs surrounding the former asbestos plants in Gaythorne and Newstead has been prepared and analyses the preliminary data obtained from the Queensland Cancer Registry.
The asbestos plant in Gaythorne operated from 1936 until 1983, and the fibroplant in Newstead operated from the mid-1930s until it closed in 1983.
As both asbestos factories have been closed for more than 20 years, general ambient contaminations are likely to have washed away with subsequent rain and flood events.
It is likely that the current risk of asbestos exposure is very low, however this will be examined as part of the investigation.
Environmental testing will be carried to determine if asbestos is present at higher than expected background levels.
If you have concerns, questions, or have lived in these areas please call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).
Information collected will be provided to the Metro North Public Health Unit (only with resident's consent) for follow up as part of the investigation.
In Queensland, there are currently a number of laws that can apply to asbestos issues. They are enforced by four different government authorities. To make a complaint or report an incident involving asbestos to the relevant authority, please call 13 QGOV (13 74 68).