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Asbestos Safety and Eradication Summit
Release date: 29 September 2017

The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency’s most important event to date will take place at Old Parliament House from 26 - 28 November 2017. The event will focus on the direction for Australia’s next National Strategic Plan to eradicate asbestos-related diseases and will bring together local and international experts in asbestos management, health, advocacy and governance to lead the discussion.

Early bird prices are available until 20 October, so register now to be a part of the interactive workshops, gain up to date knowledge on asbestos awareness and management, and network with government officials, industry experts and peak body leaders during exciting social events.

ACT Asbestos Health Study public forum
Release date: 13 July 2017

The ACT Asbestos Health Study driven by the ANU National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health has examined the health effects of living in a house with loose-fill asbestos insulation in the ACT. The study provides information on domestic exposure to loose-fill asbestos in the ACT and on the health concerns of current and recent residents of Mr Fluffy houses.

The findings of the ACT Asbestos Healthy Study were released on Wednesday, 21 June 2017. The National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health will hold a forum on Wednesday 19 July for Mr Fluffy residents and interested members of the public to examine in depth the findings of the study.

Indicative Demolition Schedule Update
Release date: 07 July 2017

The Asbestos Response Taskforce has released the fifth update to the Indicative Demolition Schedule.

The regular release of the Indicative Demolition Schedule is a useful way to keep homeowners, neighbours and the general public informed about planned demolitions.

At the end of June 2017 a total of 741 demolitions have been completed through the ACT Government's demolition program, with an additional 19 undertaken privately - almost 75% of affected properties.

The Taskforce remains committed to keeping the community informed about the progress of the Mr Fluffy demolition program.

ACT Asbestos Health Study - Final Report
Release date: 21 June 2017

The ACT Asbestos Health Study Final Report, completed by the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH) at the Australian National University has now been released.

ACT Asbestos Health Study Survey Report
Release date: 15 February 2017

The National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH) at the Australian National University (the ANU) has released the report on the ACT Asbestos Health Study: Cross Sectional Survey which is the third component of the ACT Asbestos Health Study.

Mr Fluffy demolition safety remains a key focus for WorkSafe ACT
Release date: 20 January 2017

The first performance audit of the Asbestos Response Taskforce by the Auditor-General can give the community confidence that the Loose Fill Asbestos Insulation Eradication Scheme is being delivered in an efficient and effective manner.

Released on 27 May 2016, the audit report reflects the sound planning and management of the financial arrangements for the Scheme.

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Newsletter: Edition 63
Release date: 12 October 2017

This edition of the newsletter provides information on a recent emergency simulation exercise on a demolition site, Icon Water charge waivers, maintenance of vacant blocks, the new 'Barrier Free' stamp duty model, community engagement in Torrens and demolition and sales program updates.

Newsletter: Edition 62
Release date: 10 July 2017

This edition of the newsletter provides information on the ACT Asbestos Health Study report, new mental health services, ASEC site visits, personal support services, demolition and sales program updates and a thank you to neighbours.

Newsletter: Edition 61
Release date: 14 March 2017

This edition of the newsletter provides information on Dr Gordon's February workshops, support services updates, the latest ANU Health Study report, demolition updates, and updates on the Sales program.

Newsletter: Edition 60
Release date: 22 December 2016

This edition of the newsletter provides information on the End of Year Shutdown, the recent release of the latest Indicative Demolition Schedule, an update on the Sales program and plans for Dr Rob Gordon to return in 2017.

Newsletter: Edition 59
Release date: 24 November 2016

This edition of the newsletter provides an introduction to the new Head of Taskforce Karen Doran, the maintenance of properties, a thank you to COTA ACT, an update to ActewAGL contacts, information on the new Indicative Demolition Schedule being released, Demolition and Sales program updates, an overview of our discussions with contractors, information on how the Taskforce is keeping the community informed and responding to neighbour feedback and details of the Fluffy Walkers' Group fortnightly walk.

Newsletter: Edition 58
Release date: 02 September 2016

This edition of the newsletter includes the latest Quarterly Report, Demolition and sales progress updates, details of the public auction of remediated blocks, an information sheet released by the LDA for Understanding V343, information on the Taskforce visiting Weston, recognition of the support from the Woden Community Service, and information on the Fluffy Walkers' Group fortnightly meeting.

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Asbestos Safety and Eradication Summit

The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency is holding its most important event to date, the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Summit which will take place at Old Parliament House, Canberra from the 26 - 28 November 2017.

The Summit will focus on the direction for Australia's next National Strategic Plan to eradicate asbestos-related diseases and will bring together local and international experts in asbestos management, health, advocacy and governance to lead the discussion.

Early bird prices are available until 20 October, so register now to be a part of the interactive workshops, gain up to date knowledge on asbestos awareness and management, and network with government officials, industry experts and peak body leaders during exciting social events.

For more information and registration details visit www.asbestossafety.gov.au/asbestossummit2017.

ONGOING PROGRAM - Mr Fluffy Walking Group

The Fluffy Walkers Group has been walking since August 2014 and is still going strong. The group meets every second Sunday, providing an opportunity for Mr Fluffy homeowners, tenants and other affected people to get together for a walk, chat and a coffee. The 40-45 minute walk takes place along the walking/cycle path at Weston Park and all are welcome to join us afterwards for a chat.

Venue: Weston Park – Meet at the cafe side of the car park at 10am if you wish to join the walk or at the Yarralumla Gallery and Oaks Brasserie at 11am for coffee and a chat.
When: 10am every second Sunday.
More information: Contact Rosemary at foragwalkers@gmail.com

ONGOING PROGRAM - Cool Little Kids, Cool Kids & Health in Mind

Child and Family Centres run a range of early intervention programs for children’s mental health, wellness and resilience, including:

  • Cool Little Kids: a group for parents of children 3-8 years, helping them to learn strategies to assist with their anxious child.
  • Cool Kids: a group for primary school children aged 8-12 years, focusing on teaching them better ways to manage anxiety.
  • Health in Mind - Child Mental Health Service: a free counselling service for children under 12 years of age who are experiencing a mild to moderate mental health condition.

Venue: Child and Family Centres located in Gungahlin, Tuggeranong and West Belconnen.
More information: Referral to these programs is through the intake worker at the regional Child & Family Centres:

  • Gungahlin Child and Family Centre - phone: 6207 0120
  • Tuggeranong Child and Family Centre - phone: 6207 8228
  • West Belconnen Child and Family Centre - Phone: 6205 2904

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