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(3/4/2018) Demolition stops for testing

Update (4/4/2018): Workers Club demolition remains suspended

The demolition of the former Workers Club on Henry Street in Fremantle will remain suspended after testing revealed asbestos was present on the site.

The City of Fremantle ordered the suspension of the works yesterday following community concerns about the demolition practices on the site and its proximity to the Lance Holt Primary School.

Testing conducted yesterday showed there was no asbestos present in samples of dust and materials taken from the school.

However, City of Fremantle Chief Executive Officer Phillip St John said testing of samples taken from the demolition site showed some asbestos was present.

“We took four solid samples of rubble from the site, of which two were positive for asbestos and two were negative. Soil samples from the site were also negative,” Mr St John said.

“The demolition permit issued to the developers by the City of Fremantle includes specific conditions around dust suppression and the safe removal of asbestos.

“Work on the site will remain suspended until the City is satisfied those conditions are being met.”

The material is contained to the site and poses no risk to the general public.

The City of Fremantle has taken action to stop demolition works on the site of the former Workers Club at 7 Henry Street, Fremantle, pending tests to see whether dust emanating from the site contains asbestos.

Responding to community concerns about the demolition practices at the site and its proximity to the Lance Holt Primary School, the City today instructed the demolition contractor to cease works until further notice.

"Field services officers were on site this morning taking samples of material both at the site and at the school. We will have those samples urgently tested today and will notify both the demolition contractor and the school of the outcome," City of Fremantle Chief Executive Officer Philip St John said.

"We have been in touch with the school principal over the weekend and again today to advise of the action taken and we will continue to remain in contact throughout this process. It is hoped we will have the results of the testing back as soon as possible."

Mr St John said the demolition site, in Fremantle's historic West End, was contained and the City would determine any further action once it receives the results of the tests.

Further updates will be provided as the situation progresses.