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Asbestos Council calls for ‘rotting’ power station to be demolished

Photos: Latrobe Valley Express

The defunct power station and briquette factories in Morwell have been deemed worthy of protection by the Heritage Council of Victoria, a move that’s been damned by the local community.

Vicki Hamilton OAM, from the Asbestos Council of Victoria, told Ross and John the factory is not worth saving because it’s too dangerous.

“It’s had thousands of tonnes of asbestos through it, every toxic chemical that you can possible imagine and it’s just been sitting there decommissioned since 2014,” Vicki said.

“It’s rotting, the structure is rotting.

“We already have seven times the state average for Mesothelioma in the Latrobe Valley, and here someone is trying to heritage list a power station that made them sick.”

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Built between 1949 and 1959, it’s estimated the factory would require $50-$80 million worth of funding to have the site restored and be deemed safe.

Mesothelioma is a cancer affecting the mesothelial cells which cover most internal organs, of which the only known cause is exposure to asbestos.