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Pemulway Loop walking track closed

Parts of Pemulway Loop walking track and the adjacent embankment within Impeesa Reserve Closed for Asbestos Contamination Investigation
Impeesa Reserve investigation area
Impeesa Reserve investigation area

 

Why is a section of Impeesa Reserve, Winston Hills, closed?

Bonded asbestos material (fibro pieces) were recently removed from a section of Pemulway Loop walking track at Impeesa Reserve.

Erosion of the walking track following rainfall continues to expose small pieces of  asbestos (fibro) fragments on and adjacent to the walking track that may pose a risk to public health and safety if disturbed.

Council has engaged specialist contamination consultants to conduct environmental testing across the northern section of Pemulway Loop.

This work will begin 2 June 2021 and is expected to be completed by 4 June 2021 (weather and site conditions permitting).

As a precautionary measure, parts of the track will remain closed until the investigations are fully resolved.

What are the next steps?

The City of Parramatta has engaged specialist contamination consultants to conduct environmental testing and soil sampling across the northern section of the Pemulway Loop walking track and adjacent embankment within Impeesa Reserve to confirm the presence and nature of the asbestos material.

A section of the track shown on the attached map will be closed for the duration of the investigation. Detours will be in place.

The investigation will be undertaken in accordance with current environment, health and safety standards to ensure public safety during the site works.

Is there a risk?

Asbestos can only pose a risk to human health if it can become airborne, and while buried asbestos generally is at a very low risk of becoming exposed, it is important that Council identify sites where asbestos materials may be present and act should contamination be found.

Our specialist consultants will provide advice on the most appropriate long-term treatment for the site should asbestos contamination be detected on the walking track and embankment.

Council will provide further updates on any interim and long-term treatments.

More information?

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Andrew Scholz, Council’s Project Officer, Contaminated Land on 9806 5050 or

email openspace@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au