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The Ghost Town of Wittenoom

The Ghost Town of Wittenoom

Wittenoom is a ghost town, located 1425 km North of Perth in Western Australia via Newman. It is 460 m above sea level.

It has become famous for being a ghost town as it was removed from the Western Australia maps in 2007 and legislation was introduced to forcibly remove the last three residents in 2015.

Trump's EPA to ease up on asbestos regulation.

Trump's EPA to ease up on asbestos regulation.

The USA’s EPA has recently enacted the Significant New Use Rule. This rule allows the government to evaluate asbestos use on a case by case basis. Unfortunately the new rule does not include the evaluation of exposure to asbestos in the air, ground or water. Asbestos has never been banned in the USA, however, it is tightly controlled.

New research suggests Carbon Nanotubes could be the new asbestos

Carbon Nanotubes, also known as CNTs, can be commonly found in household electrical appliances, bicycle equipment, and even tennis rackets! 

The material is prized for its conductivity - which is ten times that of copper- and its tensile strength - 100 times that of steel - so it’s not surprising that many have dubbed Carbon Nanotubes a ‘Wonder Material’.

How Much Does It Cost To Demolish A House with Asbestos?

If your house was built between 1920 through to 1990 there’s a good chance it contains asbestos. While some houses, like the humble fibro shack, wear their asbestos loud and proud, other homes have been renovated to conceal any asbestos. A preliminary site inspection can help to determine if and where any asbestos is located. 

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Regardless of where the asbestos is located in your house, it is important that it is disposed of correctly.  Unfortunately, this process is fairly time consuming as each element containing asbestos must be carefully removed, wrapped and then gently placed in a skip for proper disposal. Although tedious, there is no other way to safely remove unwanted asbestos (is there any other kind?). For this reason asbestos costs roughly three times the amount to remove as other building materials. The removed asbestos is then taken to a specialised site and disposed of. It costs roughly 30 cents to dispose of one kilo of asbestos (about $330 a tonne).

Fibro boards like these contain asbestos and are usually hidden between wood and plaster.

Fibro boards like these contain asbestos and are usually hidden between wood and plaster.

I get it, asbestos is expensive and time consuming to remove, but how much will it actually cost to demolish an asbestos clad home? Unfortunately, there is no straight forward figure as the presence of asbestos is just one of the many factors that can impact the price of a home demolition. Generally speaking, demolishing a one story family home containing asbestos will cost somewhere between $15,000 to $22,000; however, this number will vary greatly depending on other factors such as the material the house is made out of and the amount of asbestos present. 

The easiest way to get an accurate picture of how much you need to spend to knock down a house containing asbestos is to fill out our simple quote request tool. This takes just a couple of minutes and will allow our friendly staff to provide you with an accurate and obligation free quote.

Old sheds like this often have roofs made out of 'Super Six', a product that contains asbestos.

Old sheds like this often have roofs made out of 'Super Six', a product that contains asbestos.

All quotes include the cost of an asbestos certificate, which is required by council and builders in order for new construction to commence on the site of your demolished home. 

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Asbestos Cladded Fibro Homes: The demolition process.

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Depending on the particular style of your home, whether it be double brick, vener, timber or a fibro shack - certain preliminary site works will need to be undertaken to ensure efficiency and safety throughout the duration of the demolition process. 
At the top of this to do list comes the removal of any asbestos containing elements or fittings of the house, commonly Australian homes built from 1940 through to 1990 will contain asbestos products within area most susceptible to prolonged exposure to moisture or heat "think of wet area splash backs and fireplaces or stove surrounds" whilst some homes have been renovated to conceal, contain or even hide these fibre board products, some simply display their past loud and proud, as is found in the essential Australian classic, fibro shack.

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So, if any material that contains asbestos need to be removed prior to demolition, and the entire house is made out of fibro asbestos board, where does this leave you at the end of the day. Well, as seen from the images above and below, the answer is, not much!
Although painfully time consuming, there are no known alternatives to the process of carefully removing each panel individually, wrapping in a protective film and delicately placing each section in a skip for transport to a treatment facility. Whilst taking a little longer in prep work, the removal of remaining materials such as the timber frame and concrete slabs is generally pretty quick given that very little is in the way to stop the brute force of a 25 tonne excavator. 

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Beach is closed: Asbestos

Home Demolitions' artistic visualisation of the contamination effects.

Home Demolitions' artistic visualisation of the contamination effects.

Significant sand movement at George Town’s Lagoon Beach has uncovered asbestos material at the popular Northern swimming beach.

Parks and Wildlife Service found the material on Thursday and closed the beach indefinitely to remove it.

The material is believed to have been there for at least 30 years and is the result of the demolition of some beach huts that were formerly on the beach.

It is likely to have been there for some time covered by the sand but Parks and Wildlife regional operations manager for the North Stan Matuszek said the movement of the sand had uncovered it.
— http://www.examiner.com.au/story/4522764/lagoon-beach-closed-for-asbestos-removal-photos/

~ Not even the beaches are safe.

 

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Oh the irony: Asbestos of the week

In what is seemingly the least responsible manoeuvre that could be performed in a modern age of understanding asbestos and it's associated risks; A local man from the Northern coast of NSW has been issued a relatively small fine for crushing asbestos containing cement and repurposing it as aggregate for a new cement driveway.

Sydney Harbour Bridge: Asbestos Alert

The dawning of the Atomic Age following World War Two saw most of the western world enjoying a level of prosperity and care free lifestyles like no other .

In fact, 1950s Australia was great; Petrol was cheap, Hawaiian shirts were in fashion and asbestos was rampant. Asbestos, as with most miracle products of bygone years (radium salts, lead paint, cigarettes) was hailed for its seemingly revolutionary approach to building and construction, offering lighter weights, greater structural integrity and having superior insulating and fire retarding properties.

Soon, almost every house, school, hospital and business was being constructed out of the versatile asbestos cement board championed by multinationals like James Hardie and CSR.


With little surprise, asbestos managed to make its way into some of Sydney's most recognisable buildings and infrastructure. Previously, the Opera House was found to contain loose fill Asbestos based insulation (among many other things) and now it's The Sydney Harbour Bridge's turn to show us what it's made of. 


According to acting Roads Minister Duncan Gay, ongoing maintenance work by Roads and Maritime Services NSW revealed an undisclosed amount of asbestos was discovered at the northern point of the iconic landmark earlier this February. In a statement released this week, Mr Gay reported that

“While it is not uncommon for asbestos to be found during infrastructure work, I would expect better procedures and guidelines to be in place for the escalation of findings, I have asked the agency to carry out a full investigation into this incident. This will include monitoring where excess material from the site was taken and how it was remediated.”

Sydney Asbestos

These findings are only further evidence of this potentially deadly substances prevalence in Australia, if 300,000 people can cross The Sydney Harbour Bridge each day and be completely oblivious to the structures materials and their potential health risks, just imagine what is lurking in the ordinary Australian home.