Media releases

  • 2016 - 29 Jul

    Demolition target for 2016 increases to 350 houses

    The Asbestos Response Taskforce today released an updated Indicative Demolition Schedule revising the targeted number of Mr Fluffy demolitions from 200 to 350 this year. Head of the Taskforce Mr Andrew Kefford said the target reflected the current efficiency of the demolition program and was good news for former owners seeking to return to communities to rebuild.

  • 2016 - 25 Jun

    Taskforce marks two years of operation

    Today marks two years since the formation of the Asbestos Response Taskforce. The Taskforce was created on 25 June 2014 by the ACT Government to provide a coordinated and compassionate response to managing the issue of Mr Fluffy in our community.

  • 2016 - 27 May

    Audit Report shows Taskforce risk management is better practice

    Today the first of a series of performance audits of the ACT Asbestos Response Taskforce was tabled by the Auditor-General, and it shows that the Taskforce's approach to governance and risk management is effective and reflects better practice.

  • 2016 - 31 Mar

    Kambah Neighbour Day Community Celebration

    Kambah Residents will have the opportunity to come together at a free Neighbour Day celebration hosted by the ACT Asbestos Response Taskforce on Saturday 2nd of April 2016.

  • 2015 - 07 Apr

    Real Estate Institute of the ACT announces assistance for Mr Fluffy homeowners

    Moving home can be a challenging experience, particularly for those who have lived in their current residence for many years and who might be unfamiliar with the process for relocating. That is why I'm pleased to announce that the Real Estate Institute of the ACT (REIACT) has brought together a team of experts in the property market to provide assistance to Mr Fluffy homeowners and tenants who are transitioning to new homes.

  • 2015 - 05 Apr

    Canberra community and businesses support Mr Fluffy homeowners

    I am pleased today to advise of a number of local businesses that are providing support for homeowners affected by the Mr Fluffy legacy. This is an issue having a far-reaching impact on our community, directly affecting 1021 homeowners and their families, but soon to be felt across the city as demolition of these properties take place.

  • 2015 - 18 Feb

    Response to Mr Fluffy legacy supported by new legislation

    This week, I will introduce a Bill to the Legislative Assembly with a range of amendments to support the continued work of the ACT Government in eradicating Mr Fluffy from the Canberra Community through the Buyback and Demolition Program.

  • 2015 - 13 Feb

    Strong take-up of Mr Fluffy Buyback Program

    More than half of the 1021 houses affected by loose fill asbestos insulation are under offer from the ACT Government with 610 homeowners having now received formal letters of offer as part of the Buyback Program.

  • 2014 - 28 Oct

    Buyback and demolition program announced for ACT Mr Fluffy homes

    More than one thousand Canberra houses affected by Mr Fluffy loose fill asbestos insulation will be bought and demolished by the ACT Government following an in principle agreement with the Commonwealth Government, Chief Minister Katy Gallagher announced today.

  • 2014 - 19 Aug

    Tags to provide protection from Mr Fluffy asbestos

    Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, has announced the rollout of high visibility tags in meter boxes for Mr Fluffy homes in Canberra to make it easier for tradespeople to know when they are working on a house which contains the loose-fill asbestos.

  • 2014 - 03 Jul

    Government announces assistance package for Mr Fluffy households

    The ACT Government has announced an assistance package for households affected by Mr Fluffy asbestos, Chief Minister Katy Gallagher announced today. The package includes immediate financial assistance, access to support and counselling services and the bulk purchase of asbestos assessments for the Mr Fluffy homes.

  • 2014 - 27 Jun

    Mr Fluffy home owners urged to join Asbestos Register

    The Asbestos Response Taskforce today encouraged Canberra residents with concerns about loose-fill asbestos issues to provide their names and contact details to the Asbestos Register by phoning Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.

  • 2014 - 27 Jun

    Asbestos guidance for real estate sector

    Real estate agents, landlords and homeowners of Mr Fluffy houses will have a better understanding of their obligations in regards to asbestos management, duty of disclosure, documentation with the release of new asbestos guidance material for the ACT real estate sector.

  • 2014 - 27 Jun

    Assembly passes bill to purchase Mr Fluffy houses

    The passing of the Loose Fill Asbestos Appropriation Bill today in the ACT Legislative Assembly will allow the first houses to be purchased by the ACT Government by Christmas, ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher announced today.

  • 2014 - 25 Jun

    ACT government mandates asbestos awareness training

    All workers who might be exposed to asbestos must undertake a mandatory course in asbestos awareness by 30 September, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Simon Corbell, said today.

  • 2014 - 25 Jun

    Asbestos taskforce to lead government response on loose-fill asbestos

    The ACT Government will establish a dedicated response taskforce that will be a single point of contact for people affected by the legacy loose-fill asbestos issues, Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Simon Corbell, announced today.