Asbestos Found in Soil at National Museum of Australia

Fencing has been erected around parts of the museum grounds, after a member of public alerted The National Capital Authority (NCA) to possible asbestos contamination, following heavy rainfall at the site, which exposed previously buried asbestos surfacing.

After engaging an expert to conduct visual inspection, soil sampling and lab analysis the NCA provided a statement:

The results came back positive for asbestos within surface soils but negative for asbestos in the atmosphere, meaning it is not airborne and air quality is safe, air monitoring will continue and the NCA is extending the inspections and surveys to the whole peninsula.

The National Capital Authority (NCA)

The authority said it was following the advice of asbestos specialists and assessors, and will only remove the fencing once it could be confirmed the Acton Pensinula walking track was safe.