The installation of a new stormwater gross pollutant trap in Trafalgar Ave, Umina Beach, has been delayed after the discovery of asbestos containing material at the site.
Central Coast Council has commenced asbestos remediation works and engaged licensed asbestos removal contractor, with work expected to be completed by August 9.
Council unit manager Mr Luke Sulkowski said work on the installation was stopped immediately after bonded pieces of asbestos were discovered during excavation.
“Expert advice was sought to test the soil to determine the amount of contamination and if any small fibres were present,” Mr Sulkowski said.
“Our licenced contractors are now removing the contaminated soil, as per legislative requirements, and have been conducting on-going air monitoring throughout the removal process.
“The first two days of air quality monitoring reported that concentrations were consistent with normal background levels and normal construction processes will resume once the asbestos contaminated material is removed from site.”
The installation of the new trap will reduce litter entering the beach and waterway downstream.
It will be cleaned by a large suction truck on a recurrent schedule.
Mr Sulkowski said that community members can play a role in reducing the impact of litter on local beaches and waterways.
“It’s up to all of us to ensure less litter makes it to the stormwater in the first place – putting rubbish in the bin or taking it with you is the best way to keep our waterways clear,” he said.
Media release, 29 Jul 2019
Luke Sulkowski, Central Coast Council