FUNDING BOOST FOR LOOSE-FILL ASBESTOS HOMES ACROSS NSW
NSW home-owners affected by loose-fill asbestos will have access to a share of more than $540,000 of extra funding to refurnish their properties.
The NSW Government has announced an extra $4,000 per household for all NSW residents currently taking part in the $278 million state-wide voluntary purchase and demolition program to buy new furniture for their homes.
Previously, residents could access $1,000 to replace soft furnishings.
To date, 137 homes have tested positive to loose-fill asbestos across NSW, all of whom can now access these additional funds.
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said this additional funding would make a significant difference to people's lives.
"This government is completely committed to ensuring the health and safety of the community by removing dangerous loose-fill asbestos," Mr Anderson said.
"Several residents had raised concerns with the government about the funding available to replace soft furnishings in their homes.
“We listened carefully to that feedback and I'm very happy to say this government has now delivered for each and every resident, who can now access an extra $4,000 of financial support.
“Without the support of the government, residents affected by loose fill asbestos would receive no compensation for their homes or other property – all because a private business was peddling its product to unknowing home-owners.
“But this government has stepped up to make the transition as easy as possible for affected residents, whether they’re remediating their existing properties or moving to a new home, and we’re confident this additional funding will help ease that burden,” Mr Anderson concluded.
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Loose-fill asbestos was used as insulation in NSW homes during the 1960s and 70s. The NSW Government has determined that demolition, comprehensive site remediation, and disposal are the best ways to ensure the health and safety of the NSW community.
The loose-fill asbestos insulation task force has had more than 96,400 residents register with the scheme, with more than 70,000 homes eligible for free testing. About 30,000 tests have been completed to date, as part of the ongoing program.
For more information on the program, visit: http://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/ftw/Tenants_and_home_owners/Loose_fill_asbestos_insulation.page