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Rosella Park, Harris Park - Project Update

Project Update - April 2021

Rosella Park, Harris Park - Park closed from Monday 19 April to Wednesday 21 April 2021


Why are sections of Rosella Park closed?

Investigations undertaken at Rosella Park, Harris Park in August 2020 revealed that the soil beneath the grassed surface of the park contained asbestos material.

While air-monitoring undertaken during the investigations showed there was no immediate risk to the public, taking precautionary action Council closed the site to prevent soil disturbance and ensure the site remained safe.

Remediation work will begin Monday 19 April and is expected to be completed by Wednesday 21 April. The entire park will be closed during this time.

From Thursday 22 April 2021, the park will re-open with temporary fences around the irrigation works to ensure the public keep clear of the site.

Rosella Park will fully re-open when the irrigation work is complete and the grass has re-established.


What’s happening now?

NSW Health advises that asbestos presents a risk when fibres become airborne and can be inhaled. While there was no detection of airborne fibres during soil testing, the City of Parramatta engaged specialists to provide advice on interim and long-term remediation.

A remediation action plan, waste classification report and interim asbestos environmental management plan was completed, and remediation will commence in April 2021. 

Closed for remediation 19-21 April 2021

The remediation work will be undertaken by a licensed asbestos contractor and will be overseen by an independent licensed asbestos assessor. 

Work will begin Monday 19 April and is expected to be completed by Wednesday 21 April. The entire park will be closed during this time. All environment, health and safety protocols will be in place to protect the public and workers.
 

Ongoing works-partial re-opening

As part of the work program, an irrigation system will be installed to improve maintenance of the grass.

From 22 April 2021, the park will re-open with temporary fences around the irrigation works to ensure the public keep clear of the site.

Rosella Park will fully re-open when the irrigation work is complete and the grass has re-established.
 

Who can I contact for more information?

Contact Council’s Project Officer, Contaminated Lands in the City of Parramatta’s Open Space and Natural Resource Team on 1300 617 058 or email openspace@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

For general enquiries about asbestos, please contact the state asbestos hotline on 1800 272 378. 

If you are concerned about asbestos materials in your home, please visit the NSW government's asbestos information website for more information about where it can be found and how it can be safely managed.

Why are sections of Rosella Park closed?

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Investigations undertaken at Rosella Park, Harris Park in August 2020 revealed that areas of the site are impacted by asbestos containing material.

While air-monitoring undertaken during the investigations showed there was no immediate risk to the public, taking precautionary action Council closed the site to prevent soil disturbance and ensure the site remained safe.

The City of Parramatta is taking specialist advice for interim and long-term remediation and until this work is completed fencing will remain in place to ensure there is no potential for the site to be disturbed.

What are the next steps?

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NSW Health advises that asbestos presents a risk when fibres become airborne and can be inhaled.

While there was no detection of airborne fibres during soil testing, Council is taking specialist advice for interim and long-term remediation. Planning for the remediation of the closed section of Rosella Park is underway.

The City of Parramatta recently engaged a consultant to prepare a remediation action plan, waste classification report and interim asbestos environmental management plan for the closed section of Rosella Park. This work is scheduled for completion by the end of December 2020.

Council is working towards starting remediation works for the closed sections of Rosella Park in the first half of 2021.

Remediation works

The remediation work will be undertaken by a licensed asbestos contractor and will be overseen by an independent licensed asbestos assessor.

Council will continue to provide updates on the progress of these actions on its website.

Who can I contact for more information?

Contact Council’s Project Officer, Contaminated Lands in the City of Parramatta’s Open Space and Natural Resource Team on 1300 617 058 or email openspace@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

For general enquiries about asbestos, please contact the state asbestos hotline on 1800 272 378./p>