Lagoon Beach asbestos cleared, beach reopens to public

C2 Demolition asbestos removalist Bob Brinkman, Environmental Service and Design Environmental Consultant Rod Cooper, Crown Land Services Regional Property Officer Phil Thompson on the beach last week. Picture: Phillip Biggs
C2 Demolition asbestos removalist Bob Brinkman, Environmental Service and Design Environmental Consultant Rod Cooper, Crown Land Services Regional Property Officer Phil Thompson on the beach last week. Picture: Phillip Biggs

Asbestos found at George Town’s Lagoon Beach has been removed and the beach is now reopened.

The beach was closed last Thursday after the detection of asbestos material in the sand. 

Closure of the beach was done in the interest of public safety while the area was sifted and the material removed. 

Three separate inspections were conducted over the long weekend and all visible material has been removed and disposed of by a licenced contractor.

Some of the asbestos material found on the beach. Picture: Phillip Biggs

Some of the asbestos material found on the beach. Picture: Phillip Biggs

The material tested positive for asbestos but it was deemed low-risk while it remained wet but the decision to close the beach was taken after consultation with specialists.

A Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife spokesperson said the organisation would like to thank the community for their understanding while the beach was closed.

If asbestos material is found in the future it is important it is left “in situ” or as it is found to reduce health risks. Any asbestos finds should be notified to Crown Land or the George Town Council.

Crown Land can be contacted on 6233 6413 and the council can be contacted on 6382 8800.

 C2 Demolition asbestos removalist Bob Brinkman. Picture: Phillip Biggs

C2 Demolition asbestos removalist Bob Brinkman. Picture: Phillip Biggs