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Asbestos scare forces Sydney school evacuation

Another asbetos scare at a Catholic School in Sydney yesterday forced the evacuation of students and teachers.

The construction union, the CFMEU, said open bags of asbestos were left on a construction site at the St Rose Catholic Primary School at Collaroy in the northern Sydney Diocese of Broken Bay.

The Catholic Education Office confirmed that nearly 200 children and their teachers were ordered off the school site shortly before 3:00pm AEDT.

The CFMEU says building workers had been removing asbestos from a demoltion site at the school. The union says there were six bags containing asbestos close to the children. Union officials claim the bags were not sealed and there was nothing to stop asbetos fibres blowing towards the playground area.

It is the third asbestos scare at a school in as many days. The Education department has ordered principals across the state to check their schools for asbestos risk.


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31 Jan 2003