Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Senator David Feeney today announced that the Australian Government will remove asbestos from the Jezzine Barracks redevelopment.
“This is great news for the people of Townsville. It means no passing the buck, only a solution to solve this problem,” Senator Feeney said.
“Today the Australian Government has agreed to reimburse costs spent so far on asbestos remediation at the site, as well as to remove the remaining asbestos.”
Reimbursement costs are expected to be about $336,000.
Mayor of Townsville Councillor Jenny Hill said it was good to have the matter resolved.
“I am pleased that the Australian Government has come to the table and helped to resolve this issue for Townsville. Now we have a solution and we can continue to improve the site, not just remediate it,” Councillor Hill said.
The land was originally gifted to the Townsville City Council for community use and heritage protection.
Along with the land, the Jezzine Barracks Community Trust was given $20 million from the Australian Government to develop and remediate the site.
“Now that the asbestos remediation is being funded by the Australian Government, the $20 million can be used for other essential parts of this massive redevelopment,” Senator Feeney said.
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