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Blue Mountains City Council Accepts Minister’s Directive: Asbestos Reform

Source: Blue Mountains City Council
Posted: 24 Jan 2018
Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill
Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill, has accepted a formal Local Government Minister Performance Improvement Order issued by the Minister for Local Government, Gabrielle Upton MP, in relation to concerns about asbestos management.

Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill, said, “The Minister’s decision to issue a Performance Improvement Order recognises that Councils are responsible for driving their improvement and are generally best placed to do so.

I agree wholeheartedly with the Minister that public and employee health and safety is paramount. The Council takes this matter seriously.”

A Performance Improvement Order requires the Council to take certain actions in relation to the management of asbestos and compliance with statutory obligations.

The Mayor said, “This approach is considered to be a more targeted and effective response to the Minister’s concerns, recognising the seriousness of asbestos management and reflects the Council’s intention to place the safety of its staff and community at the centre of its operations and organisational culture.”

The Mayor said that the Council recognised that it had weaknesses in dealing with asbestos and needed to improve. “We have vastly improved Council’s safety systems and procedures over the last nine months,” he said. “The requirements of the Performance Improvement Order will assist the Council to further strengthen its management of asbestos.”

“I am confident that we have taken control of this issue to the satisfaction of the Minister, the government regulators, Council staff and the community,” said the Mayor. “Our response to the Minister sets out a responsible and realistic approach to improving our asbestos management.”

“There is nothing more important than ensuring the safety of our workforce and our community,” the Mayor said.

“There is no doubt that Council, like all councils in NSW, has a significant challenge in managing asbestos in our City.

In accepting the Minister’s Performance Improvement Order the Council reaffirms its commitment to managing asbestos as an absolute priority.”

 
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