6 Dec 2016

Sportfield asbestos to be removed

2:26 pm on 6 December 2016

The Dunedin City Council says it will dispose of a mound of asbestos found on a sportsfield tomorrow.

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Photo: RNZ / Nicola Grigg

Contractors upgrading Logan Park made the discovery of pieces of white asbestos on Friday while bulldozing a 40 centimetre high mound on the end of a rugby field.

The council immediately recovered the mound and fenced it off.

Parks and recreation acting group manager Tom Dyer said the material would go to a part of the Green Island landfill.

"We will be removing it tomorrow, that work is all on track to proceed and after that we will be just taking care as we move through the rest of the work, ensuring that if anything is found, that we have the appropriate procedures in place to deal with it," he said.

The council was still trying to find out how the asbestos got onto the field. Mr Dyer said it appeared to have been buried for some time.