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October 13, 2017

Illegally dumped toxic asbestos in Tallarook State Forest is costing thousands of dollars each year to remove - Students across the district will soon be safe from asbestos, with the toxic substance set to be removed from a number of local schools.

Students across the district will soon be safe from asbestos, with the toxic substance set to be removed from a number of local schools.

Avenel, Nagambie, Broadford, Pyalong and Tallarook primary schools have been allocated a combined $43000 in funding through the Victorian School Asbestos Removal Program.

The asbestos removal started during the school holidays and will be completed by early next year. Works to be carried out include removing asbestos from cabinets and safes along with the removal and reinstatement of some cement sheet ceilings, walls and eaves.

The Victorian Government undertook an extensive, state-wide audit of 1712 government schools, which found 497 schools contained high-risk asbestos.

This high-risk asbestos was removed from all those schools by March last year.

‘‘We are delivering on our promise and removing asbestos from more Victorian schools,’’ acting Education Minister Jenny Mikakos said.

‘‘There’s nothing more important than the health and safety of our kids and we are getting on with the job of ridding schools of this harmful product.’’

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