UPDATE: A Management Plan will be developed and reported to the next Council meeting, on how the asbestos issue at Wamberal and Terrigal Beaches will be resolved in the interests of public safety.
Council has also requested that the Acting CEO proactively release the Wamberal Beach NSW Storm Erosion Remediation Report.
Mr Brian Glendenning will also publish an information sheet concerning the potential risks associated of contact with asbestos material, and distribute that information sheet to residents that live next to Wamberal and Terrigal beaches.
YESTERDAY: Robertson MP Lucy Wicks has called for an urgent briefing with Council, after material believed to be Asbestos was discovered at Terrigal beach over the weekend.
“While on surf patrol at Terrigal Beach over the weekend I was deeply concerned to see material that appeared to contain asbestos that had washed up on the shore,” Mrs Wicks said in a statement this afternoon.
“I would like to thank Central Coast Council, and in particular Council CEO, Brian Glendenning, in responding promptly by sending out trained staff who inspected Terrigal Beach and ensured that the asbestos was appropriately examined and removed from the area.
“But my concern is that with so many children and families at Terrigal Beach, and given that it is currently school holidays, it becomes all the more important that this issue is properly investigated and monitored.
It's the second Central Coast beach to fall victim to possible contamination in just over a week. Late on Friday April 13, Council was informed that material potentially containing Asbestos was located on parts of Wamberal beach and up to the lagoon.
They removed the material the following morning, and have since reactivated weekly inspections of Wamberal beach with the EPA. Mr Wicks says she now believes the same thing should happen at Terrigal.
Regional manager for the NSW Coastal Alliance, Pat Aiken, echoed this call. This morning, Mr Aiken told the newsroom he'd heard from a local who claimed to have removed around 40 pieces of Asbestos from the beach over the weekend.
Mr Aiken believes the material found at Terrigal was dislodged during the 2016 East Coast Low, which eroded a significant amount of the Wamberal foreshore.