ANU survey to study Mr Fluffy health impacts
Release date: 05 May 2016

The Australian National University (ANU) has today launched the third stage of its ACT Asbestos Health Study to examine health concerns of people who have lived in a house with loose-fill asbestos insulation.

Chief Investigator Associate Professor Martyn Kirk said a confidential survey would be sent to people registered as living in a Mr Fluffy house when the ACT Government announced its buy-back program on 28 October 2014. Invitations to owners and tenants would be sent out over the next week.

Taskforce set to visit Curtin on 14 May 2016
Release date: 02 May 2016

Do you live in Curtin or Lyons and have questions about asbestos-related activity in your suburb?

Visit the Asbestos Response Taskforce on Saturday 14 May from 1-3pm at the Curtin shops, corner of Carruthers and Theodore Streets.

The Taskforce is available to answer your questions about upcoming demolition activity and how we are working to safely remove Mr Fluffy from your community. Join us - together with other local community groups - for information and advice on what’s happening in your suburb.

Public auctions signal final phase of Govt response to Mr Fluffy
Release date: 12 April 2016

Public auction of the first five Mr Fluffy remediated blocks tomorrow (TUESDAY) commences the final phase of the Government’s response to removing Mr Fluffy from our community.

Quarterly Taskforce Report to the Legislative Assembly
Release date: 06 April 2016

The Taskforce regularly reports on activity and progress to the Legislative Assembly through the ACT Chief Minister.

The most recent update on the ACT Government's Response to the Issue of 'Mr Fluffy' Loose Fill Asbestos was tabled in the Legislative Assembly on 5 April 2016, and provides a snapshot of activity between 1 October 2015 - 31 December 2015.

Public sales begin
Release date: 11 March 2016

Today the ACT Government began the process selling remediated blocks to the public, just shy of two years on since the beginning of the Taskforce.

Beginning the public sales process is the result of a collaborative effort between many areas of the Taskforce and the Land Development Agency (LDA) and this effort will continue for the next few years.

Enduring Solution for Canberra Update #2
Release date: 26 February 2016

The Taskforce has released its second progress update on delivering a community free from loose fill asbestos insulation of 'Mr Fluffy'.

The update, which occurs each February and August, reflects the progress of the demolition program and the release of new schedules. More information is available on the Enduring Solution Progress Page.

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Newsletter: Edition 52
Release date: 05 May 2016

This edition of the newsletter includes details of our upcoming Curtin information event, the ANU Health Survey, first sales of remediated blocks and how we communicate with neighbours about upcoming demolitions in their suburbs.

Newsletter: Edition 51
Release date: 01 April 2016

This edition of the newsletter includes details of the upcoming Kambah community celebration, Mr Fluffy neighbour experiences, an Outreach service update and a reminder to complete the Mr Fluffy Removal to Renewal Neighbour Survey.

Newsletter: Edition 50
Release date: 19 February 2016

This edition of the newsletter includes an introduction from the new Minister, outlines planning changes and provision which have now taken effect in DV343 and Land Rent, provides an update on demolition activity and an overview of the outreach and community services available through 2016.

Newsletter: Edition 49
Release date: 21 December 2015

This edition of the newsletter includes details on the year 2015 in review, demolition updates, neighbours thanked for keeping a lookout on vacant properties, low incidents recorded thanks to neighbours of affected properties, details on asbestos assessors, investigation launched on unauthorised release of personal information, details on engagement activities, a few reminders, information on the Christmas shutdown period and details on staying informed.

Newsletter: Edition 48
Release date: 03 December 2015

This edition of the newsletter includes details on management of asbestos properties, demolition updates, information on the Draft Variation 343 delay, how demographic information is used, land rent details for Mr Fluffy homeowners and assistance being offered by Council of the Aging ACT. An ANU health study will be conducted in the new year, details on community support, details on past and future engagement activities, a few reminders and information on the Christmas shutdown period.

Newsletter: Edition 47
Release date: 19 November 2015

This edition of the newsletter includes the release of the Mr Fluffy booklet, buyback and demolition processes, what's happening with the DV343, how Mr Fluffy house are being managed, information on the demolition experience, local industry leading demolition, information on the eligible impacted property buyback program, your health and Mr Fluffy, some key questions and answers, upcoming engagement activities, community support for affected homeowners, a few reminders and information on staying informed.

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Taskforce visits Curtin

The Asbestos Response Taskforce visited the Curtin Shops on Saturday 14 May from 1-3pm.

The Taskforce was available to answer questions about upcoming demolition activity and how we are working to safely remove Mr Fluffy from the community. Lyons and Curtin residents were invited to join us - together with other local community groups - for information and advice on local activity.

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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