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.
3rd March 2021 We were delighted to attend in person at TAFE Gippsland – Newborough campus to give a session to 35 apprentice Painter and Decorators on asbestos and silica awareness. The group were very enthusiastic and asked many questions – it was great to have so much interaction through out the session – of course social distancing was adhered to in the auditorium but it was good to be able to be there in person and delivery our info bags and show samples – thank you to Davin for arranging it – ACV/GARDS will be going back in a few months all being well and no COVID lock downs to deliver the session to other trades. We now have moreapprentices asbestos and silica aware 👍😎
8th August saw the ACV/GARDS girls Vicki and Tanya attend the Asbestos Support Group Network of Australia catch up in Sydney at the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency offices – the network catch up was well attended and much was discussed about forward Strategic planning and issues that confront the support groups in all their forms. It was a very informative get together and we all enjoyed catching up for a face to face. The groups are planning to catch up again at the next Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency forum in WA Perth in November – this is always a great forum as it brings everyone in the asbestos arena together and much information sharing takes place. We would like to thank ASEA for sponsoring the groups to come together at the Network catch up it was most appreciated by us all. Pictured here are the groups together with the CEO Justine Ross and Executive Shane McArdle from ASEA & Liam O’Brien from the ACTU – along with a marvelous sunset over Sydney – taken from our plane – picture perfect.
26th June – saw 18 of the ACV/GARDS members enjoy a lunch out at Erica Cafe 1914 – the day was enjoyed by all – these are some of the members outside the Cafe. We want to mention all those who were there on the day
Jean & Dennis Day, Moira & Davie Duncan, Lorraine & Joe Biro, Cyril & Enid Hibbert, Maree Phillips, Clynn Lord, Marion Taylor, Rhonda Dunn, Marie Smith, Dorothy Roberts, Tanya Fairbairn, Ethan Fairbairn, Glenda Rowley, Vicki Hamilton – Great day had by all and the food was yummy – the weather was kind to us and the company was fantastic. Thanks to the Cafe 1914 for making our outing a great success
30th May 2019 the ACV/GARDS crew were at Engie Hazelwood Power station site to inspect the asbestos cell that has been prepared for the disposal of all asbestos from Hazelwood Power Station – thanks to Thomas McDowall, Shane Cane & Lynne Smith for showing us the cell & explaining the preparation & sealing procedures that will take place and discussing the long term management for the disposal site. Will wait to discuss demolition procedures for the power station in length very soon. 👍
1.5.2019 two of our 1st year Medical students doing community placement with us from Monash University Gippsland & our member Tanya Fairbairn were treated to a tour of AGL Loy Yang Power Station & mine – it certainly was a memorable tour of a working power station – thank you so much to Owen & Russell for the tours of the mine and Power Station it was so interesting and such a massive place to tour. We would also like to thank very much Loy Yang management (Leonie especially) for arranging it and being so obliging – it is something none us will ever forget.
30th October – the ACV/GARDS support group members had a wonderful day out at the Gippsland Folk Museum – Heritage Park in Moe. They had a tour of the park with a very lovely tour guide who arranged for a ride around the park in a vintage car, a silent movie with Charlie Chaplan in their movie theatre and a wonderful two course lunch in the restaurant – there was lots of laughter and much to talk about among friends. The weather was fantastic to top the day off. Pictured below are the group having a wonderful time.
At the end of June our support group members had a day out and lunched together at the Darnum pub. We then were kindly invited back to one our members houses, Jenny, in Warragul for afternoon tea, where she had prepared for us scones jam and cream. It was a wonderful day for our members who enjoyed themselves immensely – thank you to all those who came and made the day a great success.