Museum Statement On Asbestos 27 February

Visitors may notice that a fence has been erected along the West Basin, preventing pedestrian access to the lakeside path next to the National Museum of Australia.

This land is managed by the National Capital Authority (NCA) and the fence has been erected by the NCA after some small pieces of fibre cement sheeting containing asbestos were found in the area. The pieces are believed to be a legacy of the site’s previous buildings and construction activity.

The NCA engaged a licensed asbestos remover and initial remediation works have been completed. The fencing will remain in place while more permanent remediation options are considered.

Soil and air quality testing continue to show there are no airborne asbestos fibres at or near the fenced area.

The NCA will continue to conduct regular air quality testing and inspections on Acton Peninsula to ensure it remains safe, as detailed in the NCA’s Acton Peninsula asbestos management plan.

Access to the Museum along Lennox Crossing and the paved pedestrian paths is unaffected by these issues.

National Capital Authority media release

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