Park’s asbestos issue could cost up to $200,000

STILL OFF LIMITS: Alan Clark is hoping asbestos within Merriwa Park can be removed soon. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

COUNCIL is continuing to work towards finalising a plan for the safe removal of asbestos at Wangaratta’s Merriwa Park.

It’s a year this month since fragments of asbestos were found on the sloping embankment between the park and the rear of Ely Street, forcing the closure of that area to the public.

Rural City of Wangaratta director of infrastructure services, Alan Clark, told the Wangaratta Chronicle that council has another on-site meeting with Environment Protection Authority (EPA) representatives this week, hoping to move forward with the process.

“We’ve been working with the EPA and DELWP (Department of Environment, land Water and Planning) to get the works done,” he said.

“We’ve got the design work, and the whole project cost is between $150,000 to $200,000, for which we’re hoping to attract grant funding from DELWP.”

The affected area isn’t highly used by park goers, and council says there is no danger to people using other parts of the park.

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