The Asbestos Response Taskforce (the Taskforce) was established on 25 June 2014 to coordinate the challenging task of removing properties affected by loose fill asbestos insulation (Mr Fluffy) from the Canberra residential community.
The Loose Fill Asbestos Insulation Eradication Scheme has involved the acquisition and demolition of almost 1,000 properties across the ACT.
The vast majority of affected houses have now been demolished. Remediated blocks have become increasingly available for purchase by former homeowners and the general public, with new homes appearing on former Mr Fluffy blocks, helping to reinvigorate affected neighbourhoods.
The Taskforce continues to support current and former homeowners and residents by:
- purchasing and demolishing properties affected or impacted by loose fill asbestos insulation as part of the voluntary buyback program
- selling remediated blocks to support renewal in Canberra's suburbs
- providing advice and assistance regarding the private demolition and sale of affected blocks
- assisting current homeowners and residents to maintain their properties for the safety and wellbeing of the community
- providing individual case management, personal advice, assistance and support
- providing targeted communication for Taskforce announcements and updates
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After extensive discussions with experts, asbestos assessors and homeowners, in 2014 the ACT Government determined that demolition of houses affected by loose fill asbestos insulation was the only enduring solution.
Close working relationships have been developed between the Taskforce, industry and community organisations resulting in the implementation of a compassionate, safe, efficient and innovative program that is being delivered ahead of schedule and under budget.
The Community and Expert Reference Group (CERG) was established in August 2014 to provide an important link between those affected by loose fill asbestos insulation and government.
In 2019, a consultation process was undertaken to seek community views on opportunities to acknowledge the impacts of Mr Fluffy loose fill asbestos insulation in the ACT. The legacy project's key themes are:
- Learning lessons and documenting knowledge
- Tracking the ongoing health impacts
- Supporting families now and in the future
- Recording the stories and personal experiences
- Establishing a place of reflection
- Supporting education and research
The CERG made 13 recommendations in the report to the ACT Government following the consultation program.
The ACT Government's response commits to projects that reflect the wide-ranging impact Mr Fluffy had, and continues to have, on the lives of homeowners, tenants, neighbours and the community.
On 7 May 2020, the ACT Government tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly the Mr Fluffy Legacy Project—Consultation Outcomes Report and Recommendations (9.0 MB) and the Government Response (316.3 KB). You can also read the Mr Fluffy Legacy Project – Executive Summary (4.5 MB).
If you feel anxious or concerned, get support from:
- Long Term Management of Loose Fill Asbestos Insulation in Canberra Homes Report (4.8 MB)
- The ACT Government's Preferred Way Forward on Loose Fill Asbestos: Overview (731.6 KB)
- The ACT Government's Preferred Way Forward on Loose Fill Asbestos – Supporting Detail (1.2 MB)
- ACT Asbestos Response Taskforce Service Evaluation and Recommendations Report – Dr Rob Gordon (2.6 MB)
Find out more about:
- affected properties
- asbestos awareness and safety
- National Asbestos Exposure Register
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