Negative results extremely positive
  • Thursday 12 July 2012

Tests of material falling from ceiling lining at the Alexandra Headland lifeguard tower have come back as negative for asbestos.

Division 4 Councillor Chris Thompson said council had closed the tower, which is owned by the Alex Surf Club, as a precautionary measure while the material was tested for any hazardous substances.

"The results are good news," Cr Thompson said.

"Council had been undertaking regular maintenance of the tower when the dust was noticed and a decision made to carry out tests just to be safe.

"The closure and resulting media speculation caused much concern for many in the community.

"We would like to alleviate any concerns, and let everyone know the test results were negative to any hazardous substances including asbestos."

The tower has now reopened and is ready for business as usual.

The tower has been earmarked for replacement as part of the program of upgrades to the Alex foreshore.