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Rosella Park, Harris Park - Project Update

Project Update - December 2020

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

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