UPDATE | Acting Health Minister reacts to schools asbestos register

UPDATE 13/1/17 7:10AM | Acting Queensland Health Minister Stirling Hinchliffe has responded to the LNP’S calls for a long term focus on ridding Queensland schools of asbestos saying “it’s not practical and indeed sensible to remove it all immediately”.

Speaking from the Gold Coast he said the Government is keeping an eye on asbestos in schools – after a new register named names.

Helensvale, Labrador, Biggera Waters, Mermaid Waters, Burleigh Heads, Merrimac, Canungra, Coomera, Currumbin, Elanora and Keebra Park all mentioned.


The LNP said the Government must have a long-term objective to make sure all Government-controlled buildings are free of the deadly fibres.

Speaking from the Gold Coast Acting Health Minister Hinchliffe said they are monitoring the situation.

He said “there’s a continual process of monitoring and looking at the asbestos register and the maintenance task on our schools right across Queensland”.

“In fact it’s the Palaszczuk Government that committed $3 million further to a program around schools maintenance and part of that is in relation to dealing with and managing the asbestos register” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“The reality is that the….any number of buildings that have been constructed during that period I guess between the 50’s through to the early 80’s where asbestos was part of building will see asbestos as part of those buildings.

EARLIER 12/1/17 7:00AM | A list of Queensland State Schools that have asbestos present, has been posted online.

The asbestos register names several Gold Coast schools including those in Helensvale, Labrador, Biggera Waters, Mermaid Waters, Burleigh Heads, Merrimac, Canungra, Coomera, Currumbin, Elanora and Keebra Park.

The register is up to date to October 31.

Shadow Education Minister Tracy Davis told the Brisbane Times the government must have a long-term objective to ensure all government-controlled buildings were free of asbestos material.

Ms Davis accused the government of cutting maintenance funding by up to $20 to $25 million per year compared to spending under the LNP government.

“The safety of our students in schools and classrooms must be paramount along with education and learning,” she said.

Search the register by clicking here.

Michelle has worked as a broadcast journalist since 1999 and 102.9 Hot Tomato is her 4th radio station. Major stories she’s covered over the years include the Childers Backpacker Hotel fire and the fatal shooting of Police Officer Damien Leeding on the Gold Coast. Michelle has been writing for myGC.com.au since its inception. “I really enjoy lifestyle type stories that show the world just how interesting we all are.” Outside of work, Michelle volunteers her time with many local causes including Volunteering Gold Coast, the Schoolies Support Team and Rosies Street Outreach.

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