THE first of more than 1000 Canberra “Mr Fluffy” homes, contaminated with deadly loose-fill asbestos, will be demolished this morning by ACT Government.
Last year a territory-wide crisis erupted when tests revealed a number of the so-called Mr Fluffy houses had high internal levels of contamination, with asbestos fibres found on children’s toys, clothes and other soft furnishings. Asbestos is a class 1 carcinogen with no safe level of exposure.
The ACT Government determined that Mr Fluffy houses could not be rendered safe for occupation and announced a voluntary scheme to buyback and demolish all 1,021 homes. As news.com.aureported in March, it’s believed to be the biggest mass acquisition of residential property in Australian history.
The NSW Government announced that it would set aside as much as $250 million for a similar buyback scheme for Mr Fluffy homes in that state last week.