City of Sydney update on contaminated mulch in parks

City of Sydney

The City of Sydney will begin testing another 32 parks across our area where we believe a contaminated mulch product may have been used.

The affected areas will be taped off and signs put up informing residents and visitors about the possibility of contamination at the site ahead of inspections being carried out. We will prioritise inspections at the parks with greater usage. We anticipate this will take several weeks.

We urge everyone to avoid the mulched garden beds and mulched areas under trees at these parks while the inspections are being carried out. The affected mulch is only used in garden beds and under trees, not in park playgrounds.

If further asbestos is found the area will be fenced and signs erected. We’ll keep the community informed as more updates are available.

This update follows test results received late yesterday (Monday 12 February) that confirmed asbestos in three City parks.

The results identified bonded asbestos in mulch at Victoria Park and Belmore Park. Friable asbestos was found in mulch at Harmony Park in Surry Hills.

Today, City staff closed Harmony Park to the public while the contaminated mulch is cleaned up. Victoria and Belmore parks have had areas sectioned off ahead of being cleaned. This work will be carried out by licensed asbestos removalists.

This follows advice from the EPA that they’d discovered a link to Greenlife Resource Recovery deep in the supply chain of one of our contractors.

The City of Sydney shares the community’s concerns this contaminated product has been supplied to us. Our focus right now is on safety and identifying the sites where there may be contaminated mulch product.

If residents have any concerns, NSW Health has more details about asbestos and health risks here.

The list of parks that will be tested in the coming weeks:

Arcadia Park, Forest Lodge

AV Henry Reserve, Forest Lodge

Bicentennial Park 1, Glebe

Bicentennial Park 2, Glebe

Blackwattle Bay Park, Glebe

Chippendale Green, Chippendale

Clyne Reserve, Millers Point

Cook & Phillip Park, Sydney

Creek Street Reserve, Forest Lodge

Dr H J Foley Rest Park, Glebe

Frog Hollow Reserve, Surry Hills

Giba Park, Pyrmont

Harold Park, Forest Lodge

James Watkinson Reserve, Pyrmont

John Street Reserve, Glebe

Jubilee Park, Glebe

Larkin Street Park, Camperdown

Minogue Reserve, Glebe

Munn Reserve, Millers Point

Observatory Hill Park, Millers Point

Orphan School Creek, Forest Lodge

Paradise Reserve, Pyrmont

Pirrama Park, Pyrmont

Pottinger Park West, Dawes Point

Quarry St Streetscape & Steps, Ultimo

Robyn Kemmis Reserve, Glebe

Seamer Street Reserve, Glebe

St James Park, Glebe

Stewart Street Glebe Reserve, Glebe

Toxteth Park, Glebe

Wentworth Park, Ultimo

Wood Street Playground, Forest Lodge

/Public Release.