The New South Wales Government is calling for public comment on a draft asbestos plan aimed at improving management and handling of asbestos in the community.


State Minister for Finance and Services Greg Pearce said the plan forms part of a Government initiative to better co-ordinate the management of asbestos across the state.


“I cannot emphasise enough the importance of the safe management or removal of asbestos,” Mr Pearce said.


“In 2011 the Dust Diseases Board reported there were 201 deaths that year due to asbestos-related disease and sadly, this number is expected to climb.”


The announcement comes after the NSW Ombudsman released a report into asbestos management across the state, concluding that a statewide asbestos management plan and strong co-ordination between agencies must be implemented.


“In response to the report, the government has established the Heads of Asbestos Coordination Authorities group which is made up of senior officials from across government,” Mr Pearce said.


“Chaired by WorkCover, this group will be responsible for the management of asbestos and will develop a plan for the safe management of asbestos to better prevent asbestos-related diseases.”


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