Asbestos from illegally demolished Carlton pub found at Cairnlea property

Asbestos from illegally demolished Carlton pub found at Cairnlea property
Asbestos from illegally demolished Carlton pub found at Cairnlea property

Hazardous asbestos waste from an illegally demolished heritage-listed pub in Melbourne’s Carlton has been found at a property in the city’s western suburbs.

The Environment Protection Authority officers reached the site after a tip-off by the public, according to media reports.  

EPA officers say the asbestos found at 93 Furlong Road, Cairnlea is from the demolished Corkman Irish Pub, which was destroyed without government approval, said separate reports in the Herald Sun and The Age.

“EPA officers took samples of the waste at the Cairnlea site (on Tuesday) and test results have confirmed asbestos is present,” authority metro manager Daniel Hunt  was cited as saying by the Herald Sun.

It is believed that the Cairnlea residency is in the name of one of the developers thought to be responsible for the pub’s demolishing on October 15, which sparked a public outrage.

Those responsible are facing fines of more than $700,000.

The 159-year-old pub stood at the corner of Leicester and Pelham streets before it was destroyed.

There was no demolition permit allowing the pub’s destruction, or a planning permit for a new building.

Hunt said the owner of the site must receive clearance from a “suitably qualified asbestos consultant to assess the premises and produce an asbestos management plan that details both the on-site management and the safe removal of the asbestos”.

The asbestos was transported from the Carlton site without the knowledge of authorities, and was driven all the way through suburban streets to the Cairnlea property, according to environmental authorities.

The Cairnlea site is owned by Herron Todd White and Raman Shaqiri's Cairnlea Pty Ltd, said the Age. The pair's company took ownership only 10 weeks ago.

They also owned the Corkman Irish Pub, paying $4.76 million for it last year - before demolishing it illegally. 

The demolition has sparked community anger, with a petition demanding its reconstruction now with almost 18,000 signatures.

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