Mardi gras Fair Day cancelled: Asbestos contamination in Victoria Park, Festival cancelled

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A widespread asbestos contamination has now impacted a popular annual festival in Sydney.

Mardi Gras Fair Day has been cancelled four days out from the event after asbestos was discovered in Victoria Park.

The organisers, City of Sydney, were informed of the sites possible contamination on Monday with EPA officers undertaking tests earlier this week which returned positive results for bonded asbestos.

It comes as the EPA confirms a total of 22 sites across Sydney are confirmed contamination sites, prompting the closure of parks, building sites, schools and train stations.

Asbestos has been found in two other city parks including Belmore Park in Haymarket and Harmony Park in Surry Hills with licensed removalists working fast to clear the sites.

Over the coming weeks, another 32 parks will be tested across the city where the council believes the contaminated mulch product may have been used.

The areas will be taped off and signs will be erected to inform visitors of the potential contamination ahead of more testing.

“We urge everyone to avoid the mulched garden beds and mulched areas under trees at these parks while the inspections are being carried out,” a City of Sydney spokesperson said.

Though families are assured that affected mulch has not been used in park playgrounds.

The list of parks that will be tested in the coming weeks:

  • Arcadia Park, Forest Lodge
  • AV Henry Reserve, Forest Lodge
  • Bicentennial Park 1, Glebe
  • Bicentennial Park 2, Glebe
  • Blackwattle Bay Park, Glebe
  • Chippendale Green, Chippendale
  • Clyne Reserve, Millers Point
  • Cook & Phillip Park, Sydney
  • Creek Street Reserve, Forest Lodge
  • Dr H J Foley Rest Park, Glebe
  • Frog Hollow Reserve, Surry Hills
  • Giba Park, Pyrmont
  • Harold Park, Forest Lodge
  • James Watkinson Reserve, Pyrmont
  • John Street Reserve, Glebe
  • Jubilee Park, Glebe
  • Larkin Street Park, Camperdown
  • Minogue Reserve, Glebe
  • Munn Reserve, Millers Point
  • Observatory Hill Park, Millers Point
  • Orphan School Creek, Forest Lodge
  • Paradise Reserve, Pyrmont
  • Pirrama Park, Pyrmont
  • Pottinger Park West, Dawes Point
  • Quarry St Streetscape & Steps, Ultimo
  • Robyn Kemmis Reserve, Glebe
  • Seamer Street Reserve, Glebe
  • St James Park, Glebe
  • Stewart Street Glebe Reserve, Glebe
  • Toxteth Park, Glebe
  • Wentworth Park, Ultimo
  • Wood Street Playground, Forest Lodge
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