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0355 - Roads, Maritime and Freight - BARYULGIL ASBESTOS ISSUES


Barham, Jan to the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, and Vice-President of the Executive Council
  1. What the current state of the Baryulgil community and the impacts the asbestos mine has had on residents and mine workers?
    1. How many people are estimated to have been exposed to asbestos at Baryulgil?
    2. How many people have died of asbestos-related causes?
    3. How many asbestos victims are still alive?
    4. What continued care and support is being provided?
  2. What compensation and or medical provision has been provided?
    1. What has happened to the original mine site?
    2. What form of rehabilitation has occurred?
  3. What audit or assessment has been done of asbestos in Baryulgil and surrounding community?
  4. What medical tests of current community members have been undertaken in the last 12 months?
  5. Do Clarence Valley Council or other councils, Roads and Maritime Services or state government contractors use any asbestos bearing rock, such as blue serpentine, or silaceous gravel in any of its civil engineering works such as roads and construction?
    1. Do the roads around the Baryulgil community contain asbestos?
    2. Has the Government undertaken an audit to determine this?
  6. What is the average timeframe for the Dust Diseases Board assessing compensation claims of asbestos related diseases?
  7. What is the 'success' rate of compensation claims with the Dust Diseases Board?
    1. Is there ongoing monitoring of asbestos levels in the soil and air at Baryulgil and surrounds?
    2. What is the frequency of this monitoring and who undertakes it?
  8. In response to the NSW Ombudsman's report of November 2011, what additional funding has the Government provided to help prevent exposure to asbestos throughout New South Wales?
  9. What is the status of the Commonwealth Government's original $160 million loan to New South Wales to ensure that asbestos victims will receive their full entitlement to compensation?
  10. In 2008, it was predicted that approximately 20 per cent of Baryulgil residents would die from asbestos related diseases:
    1. What percentage of residents have died from asbestos related disease?
    2. What is the total percentage expected to be?
    1. Where is the closest respiratory specialist to Baryulgil capable of making an assessment of potential asbestos related disease?
    2. How do Baryulgil residents access this specialist?
Answer -

I am advised:
Matters related to the Dust Diseases Board should be referred to the Attorney General.
Roads and Maritime Services does not use any asbestos bearing rock, such as blue serpentine or silaceous gravel in any of its works.
The roads leading to and through the Baryulgil community are under the care, control and ownership of the local Council.

Question asked on 25 June 2015 (session 56-1) and published in Questions & Answers Paper No. 14
Answer received on 30 July 2015 and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 15