Concerns over Newcastle CBD building sites


NEIGHBOURS of the Aero apartments construction site on Hunter Street have raised concerns about asbestos handling and sediment control as old two-storey buildings are demolished to make way for a 15-storey apartment tower.

AT THE BACK: looking from Bellevue Street along Beresford Lane and the rear of the Aero site, with part of the fence sandbagged to stop run-off.

AT THE BACK: looking from Bellevue Street along Beresford Lane and the rear of the Aero site, with part of the fence sandbagged to stop run-off.

A worker in a neighbouring building, Louise Sullivan, said a hose was the only dust control when asbestos roofing was being removed, and other neighbours have pointed to sand and gravel washing into stormwater drains from the lane behind the site during rain.

Director Jonathan Craig said GWH took its obligations very seriously and the asbestos had been removed in line with WorkCover guidelines by accredited specialists.

From Hunter Street.

From Hunter Street.

He said the Aero was not the only building site facing the lane, but sandbags at the rear of the site would be replaced by an in-ground “silt fence”. 

Newcastle City Council said it was investigating two sites in the vicinity but declined to comment further as its inquiries were continuing. The council was happy to meet with developers on site to help with advice about sediment control.  

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