ACT homes containing asbestos are going to be destroyed following news that the federal government is providing a $1 billion compensation package to get the job done – but will dwellings in NSW receive the same support?
The money will go towards demolishing properties in Canberra that were pumped full of asbestos insulation throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Mr Fluffy, the operator responsible, also fitted a number of houses in NSW.
However, it appears that the line of credit given to the ACT government has not yet been approved for NSW. Member for Monaro John Barilaro told the ABC that there are at least 12 buildings in NSW that have loose-fill fibres.
I am bitterly disappointed on behalf of the homeowners on this side of the border in New South Wales. The federal announcement with a loan to the ACT won’t be extended to NSW or to any other states,” he explained. “That’s a tough call, one that the federal government has made, one that I don’t agree with.”
People living in Mr Fluffy homes may be considering mesothelioma claims, with one ACT-based family saying they had to move out of their property in July.
Talking to the ABC, the Ziolkowskis revealed blue asbestos – otherwise known as crocidolite – was found in their home. Lisa Ziolkowski said she is worried her two children might develop an asbestos-related disease.
“I have been having a lot of mental health issues in terms of having anxiety attacks,” she said. “My hands shake and my eyes twitch. It’s been really rough.”
The $1 billion will go towards the costs of removing asbestos from homes, as well as demolishing certain properties. Land plots will be sold after the dwellings are destroyed to repay part of the government loan.
Some residents are thought to be considering a class action lawsuit.
NSW asbestosis claims
While federal government support has not been forthcoming for Mr Fluffy homes in NSW, people in the state still have options.
Individuals who would like more help and advice on making an asbestos-related compensation claim should contact a specialist legal team to see whether they have a case.
A no-win, no-fee lawyer can provide guidance on the best course of action, as well as giving claimants a reasonable idea of how successful their case is likely to be.
Contact compensation lawyers at Gerard Malouf & Partners today to learn more.