On Thursday 7th of Dec 2023 the network of asbestos support groups, Unions, ACTU, ASEA staff & council and many more were invited to Parliament House for the 20th Anniversary of the Asbestos Ban in Australia – we were all invited to be in the gallery to hear the statement in the House of Representatives by the Hon. Tony Burke MP – Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations – he mentioned more had to be done to eradicate asbestos and stop more people being exposed to this disease – after this occasion we were all then invited to morning tea hosted by the speaker of the House in his court yard. When that concluded we were invited to the Parliamentary Group on Asbestos Related Disease (PGARD) meeting with Co-Chairs Ms. Lisa Chesters MP and Mr. Russell Broadbent MP along with invited Federal Parliamentarians featuring a presentation from Ms. Julia Collins Director of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication agency. It was a very auspicious day with many things to discuss and what needs to happen into the future – we need to eradicate asbestos from our built environment it is the only way stop more disease happening – lots to to do into the future and the ASEA strategic management plan will play a big part in this evolving. #asbestossafety #tonyburke #jodiedeakes – here are some pics of the day. A very memorable day for all and #acvgards were very honored to be a part of the event. Thank you to Mathew Werfel Assistant Director at ASEA for helping to arrange this event.
Anthony and Jenna will be running a half marathon on October 15 2023 in loving memory of their dad, Neil, who passed away from mesothelioma.
Once again, we are raising money for ACV/GARDS, who have been providing assistance to asbestos victims in Gippsland and Victoria since 1991. As a non-profit organisation, they are the only group in Victoria dedicated to asbestos support and advocacy.
Please support our effort to raise funds for ACV/GARDS in Memory of our Dad Neil. Go to the link below which has the GoFundMe page for the donation
National Asbestos Awareness Week starts today in Australia – Mon 21st – 27th November
It’s vital that you understand the invisible dangers of asbestos.
Breathing in asbestos fibers can lead to diseases such as asbestosis,
lung cancer and mesothelioma. These diseases can take decades to
develop and have no known cure. They can cause debilitating illness
and premature death.
As a young apprentice fitter and machinist, Brian Healy was exposed
unsafely to asbestos in the workplace, leading to his diagnosis of
mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer.
“Being young, you did what the boss told you to do…. and you just did
your job. But the only one who’s going to suffer later on down the track
will be you if you don’t look after yourself.”
Watch Brian’s story below
Learn how to safely manage the risk of asbestos-exposure in your workplace.
For the wider Victorian community undertaking renovations or DIY, you can
find helpful information and resources at: https://www.asbestos.vic.gov.au
and you can always look through our site for info here at the Asbestos Council of Victoria/GARDS Inc.
Don’t for our Asbestos Awareness Day event at Gippsland Heritage Park Lloyd Street Moe Victoria – love to see there starts at 11am all are welcome – free community BBQ at the conclusion of the event