Asbestos removalists have commenced work, digging up the oval and playgrounds of Warwick Central State School.
Asbestos removalists have commenced work, digging up the oval and playgrounds of Warwick Central State School. Marian Faa

Principal's pledge to protect kids in wake of asbestos scare

THE principal of a Warwick primary school has pledged to take additional precautionary measures to ensure the safety of young students after asbestos was detected on the oval.

Warwick Central State School principal Christine Dolley informed families the oval would be re-soiled, turfed and irrigated to give everyone "peace of mind" that all fragments of asbestos had been removed.

Ms Dolley said soil testing revealed a small amount of 'fibro' asbestos on the oval.

Asbestos removalists are digging up the oval and playgrounds of Warwick Central State School.
Asbestos removalists are digging up the oval and playgrounds of Warwick Central State School. Marian Faa

"The most pleasing part is to report that no asbestos in a fibrous state was found and air monitoring during the works done last weekend also confirmed that nothing unusual was detected in the air," Ms Dolley wrote in a letter to WCSS parents and caregivers.

"While a full assessment of the results of the testing process has determined that there is no risk to the health and safety of students and staff, the Department of Education has decided to scrape and re-turf the oval area as an added precautionary measure to give us all peace of mind that all fragments have been removed."

Work to re-surface the oval began today and are expected to finish by the end of next week.

Work is expected to be completed by the end of next week.
Work is expected to be completed by the end of next week. Marian Faa

The oval will be off-limits while the work takes place and the fields will be irrigated during the process.

Ms Dolley said she was appreciative of the support from families and the community associated with the school.

"I appreciate the wonderful support of the school community throughout the week and the assistance of the teachers who have adjusted their programs and lunch activities while the ground restrictions remain in place," she wrote.

"I look forward to seeing the result of these works."

Heavy machinery and workers in hazard protection suits were hard at work over the weekend.
Heavy machinery and workers in hazard protection suits were hard at work over the weekend. Marian Faa

An official Workplace Health and Safety investigation into the contractor who supplied the contaminated soil has commenced.

The supplier has been issued with an order to cease moving soil until the results of the investigation and associated outcomes have been finalised.

Warwick Central State School pricipal has vowed to give parents, students and staff peace of mind after asbestos was found in the grounds.
Warwick Central State School pricipal has vowed to give parents, students and staff peace of mind after asbestos was found in the grounds. Marian Faa


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