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

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.

'Moving forward' - Dr Rob Gordon workshops
Release date: 18 January 2017

The Asbestos Response Taskforce Community and Expert Reference Group has arranged to bring internationally recognised clinical psychologist and expert in community recovery, Dr Rob Gordon, back to Canberra to work with homeowners dealing with the emotional impact of the 'Mr Fluffy' legacy.

Rob will be facilitating three workshops on 21 February 2017, with the theme 'Moving Forward'. They are designed for 20 participants to maximise the opportunity to explore personal experiences.

Asbestos Response Taskforce End of Year Shutdown
Release date: 20 December 2016

The Asbestos Response Taskforce is working closely with its industry partners to ensure ‘Mr Fluffy’ properties remain safe and secure over the Christmas and New Year period.

No programmed works will take place from Saturday 24 December 2016 to Monday 2 January 2017 inclusive. A longer demolition shutdown period will also apply from Thursday 22 December 2016 to Sunday 8 January 2017 inclusive.

Demolitions will re-commence on Monday 9 January 2017.

Should you have any concerns about ‘Mr Fluffy’ properties please contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

Indicative Demolition Schedule Update
Release date: 14 December 2016

The Asbestos Response Taskforce has released the fourth update to the Indicative Demolition Schedule, the third update for 2016.

The Taskforce remains committed to keeping the community informed about the roll out of the ‘Mr Fluffy’ demolition program.

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

As at 7 December 2016, 502 houses had been demolished across Canberra through the ACT Government program. The release of the updated Schedule reflects indicative planning for the demolition of a further 388 properties through to late 2017.

The Schedule will continue to regularly updated and publicly released.

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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.

Newsletter: Edition 57
Release date: 17 August 2016

This edition of the newsletter includes information on the Taskforce visiting Weston, details on the Auditor-General's performance audit report, quarterly report figures, a Public Accounts Committee report that was tabled, Taskforce achievements, Demolition and First Right of Refusal updates, details of the public auction of remediated blocks and information on the Fluffy Walkers' Group fortnightly meeting.

Newsletter: Edition 56
Release date: 29 July 2016

This edition of the newsletter includes information on the new Indicative Demolition Schedule, engagement activities, support information for children, Demolition and First Right of Refusal updates, details of the public auction of remediated blocks and information on the Fluffy Walkers' Group fortnightly meeting.

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'Moving forward' - Dr Rob Gordon workshops

The Asbestos Response Taskforce Community and Expert Reference Group has arranged to bring internationally recognised clinical psychologist and expert in community recovery, Dr Rob Gordon, back to Canberra to work with homeowners dealing with the emotional impact of the 'Mr Fluffy' legacy.

Rob will be facilitating three workshops on 21 February 2017, with the theme 'Moving Forward'. They are designed for 20 participants to maximise the opportunity to explore personal experiences.

Workshop details are as follows:
Session 1
Date: Tuesday 21st February
Venue: Belconnen Community Services
26 Chandler Street, Belconnen
Time: 11:10am - 12:50pm
Session 2
Date: Tuesday 21st February
Venue: Woden Community Services (Smith Family Complex)
6 Easty Street (Cnr. Launceston & Easty Streets), Woden
Time: 2:15pm -3:30pm
Session 3
Date: Tuesday 21st February
Venue: Woden Community Services (Smith Family Complex)
6 Easty Street (Cnr. Launceston & Easty Streets), Woden
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Light refreshments will be provided.

If you would like to participate, please phone 13 22 81 or email asbestostaskforce@act.gov.au, indicating which session you would like to attend.

Rob's sessions have proved popular in the past, so you are encouraged to register as soon as possible as places will be limited. There will be a waiting list if sessions book out or if you can't attend on this date. Future workshops are planned for mid 2017.

Video: Dealing with the emotional impact of the 'Mr Fluffy' legacy

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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