Message from the Founder
It's been more than 20 years since a particularly dangerous form of asbestos was "forensically" cleaned from 1,049 Canberra homes under a $100 million government program, but contamination issues remain. Worse still, we know of at least 11 properties in Queanbeyan that still contain the original amount of Mr Fluffy asbestos.
Whether you are an affected homeowner, family member, tradesperson, tenant or other community member, I believe the ongoing presence of loose fill asbestos in Australian homes has implications for you. For that reason, I invite all visitors to comment at Community voice, and to follow us on Facebook.
Why have I formed this Group?
On 11 April 2014—thanks to the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency and the media’s public awareness efforts—I found out that I am the co-owner of one of Canberra’s 1,049 "Mr Fluffy" asbestos homes. Upon receiving this news, my husband and I arranged an asbestos assessment. To our horror, the assessor found loose fill amosite asbestos fibres in the return air intake of our central heating system.
Before we knew it, we were staying with close friends with our 7 week old baby and 3 year old while the assessor conducted air monitoring and took swabs of our vents. To our great relief, these further tests indicated the fibres did not reach the living areas of our home. To this day, my husband and I are still shocked that our family and visitors could have been exposed to such a serious health risk.
I have formed this Group because I find it unacceptable that this is a live issue almost half a century after Mr Fluffy began his operations.
A message to the ACT, NSW and Commonwealth Governments
I call on the ACT, NSW and Commonwealth Governments to address the serious and long-standing health and safety and financial security issues presented by Mr Fluffy homes to current and future generations of Australians. I believe a large proportion of Canberran and Queanbeyan residents are entirely unaware of these risks. I understand the challenges are complex and costly, but the cost of not acting is surely far greater. The pool of affected people grows every time one of our homes passes to the next unwitting purchaser or tenant, and when the next unknowing tradesperson turns up to work on our homes.
Thank you for visiting this website. I stand in solidarity with the families, tradespeople, tenants and other Australians who are affected by our homes.
Brianna Heseltine | Founder and Spokesperson
FORAG town hall meeting on 21 June 2014
FORAG's town hall meeting on 21 June 2014, as reported in Mr Fluffy group demands crisis support and demolition, Emma Macdonald, The Canberra Times, 22 June 2014.