Asbestos concerns closes Helensburgh Mountain Bike Park

THE Helensburgh Mountain Bike Park has been temporarily closed as a precautionary measure to allow for an investigation into claims that asbestos containing material has been found in a jump on a track.

As a consequence, the park has been closed since Thursday, May 4 after concerns were raised with Wollongong City Council that there may be asbestos containing material in the soil that has been used to form the jumps and potentially the surrounding tracks.

The information was provided to Council by representatives from the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service who had confirmed the presence of asbestos containing material within a recently installed dirt jump structure on their adjoining land.

A Council spokesperson said while the land is managed by Council, this site is operated under licence by Helensburgh Off Road Cycle Club (HORCC).

“We are working with the Club’s volunteer members and want to see the park back in operation as soon as possible,” the spokesperson said.

“We know this park is well-loved by the community and enjoyed by riders of all ages and the decision to close the park is not one we take lightly.”

Since the park’s closure on May 4, Council has:

Undertaken air monitoring at the site, and the results have shown there has been no detection of airborne asbestos.

Organised for a Licensed Asbestos Assessor to undertake two surface inspections of the site and remove any items that could potentially be asbestos.

Carried out pothole sampling at three locations across the site. This is to confirm if the soil used on the tracks is VENM (Virgin Excavated Natural Material) – as we are currently advised – or if it does not meet this classification.

In a statement, a Council spokesperson said that it is working with HORCC club volunteers to review the soil classification certificate, which will provide details of materials used for the most recent works to resurface the track.

“Once the soil test results are in, we will work through next steps for the site with HORCC representatives.

“Council will also continue to liaise with representatives from NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service as they carry out their own investigations on their land, which is adjacent to Council’s land. This land has also been used by the HORCC and has jump structures on it,” the spokesperson said.

“While we appreciate riders will be keen to use the tracks, the temporary barriers marking out the closed bike area will remain in place as we work through our investigations.”

The sports fields at Helensburgh remain open and are unaffected by the work, which focuses on the land within the bike park.

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About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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