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Asbestos investigation - former plants

Queensland Health has concluded an investigation into asbestos-related health concerns surrounding the former:

The multi-agency investigation lead by Queensland Health has found that there is no evidence of elevated asbestos-related health risk to residents who have commenced living near the former factories sites in Gaythorne and Newstead since the mid-1980’s, following the clean-up of the sites.

However, the investigation acknowledges that there was likely to have been asbestos exposure in the vicinity of the former factories while they were operational and prior to their clean-up.

The following documents provide full details of the investigation:

Investigation results

The results of the monitoring program demonstrated the airborne asbestos fibre concentrations in proximity to the former asbestos factory site in Gaythorne are consistent with low asbestos fibre concentrations found in other areas of Brisbane.

The epidemiological study found the number of mesothelioma cases in the vicinity of the former factory sites is consistent with what would be expected in the general Queensland population.

What next?

The investigation highlighted some issues of broader significance, which has resulted in recommendations to address the need for:

Health concerns

If you have any queries or concerns, please call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84). If you have any concerns about your health, please contact your usual GP or health care provider.


Gaythorne investigation

General information


Complaints about asbestos handling

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).

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Last Updated: 20 November 2015
Last Reviewed: 20 November 2015