12.10.2018 ACV/GARDS at Chisholm Frankston campus delivering Asbestos Awareness to another bunch of apprentice plumbers – great questions from the class & thanks for being super enthusiastic to learn more about asbestos – our last group from Chisholm TAFE for the year – all the best for the future in your chosen trade
Today the 11th September the ACV/GARDS girls traveled to Chisholm TAFE Berwick to deliver the first of 4 asbestos awareness sessions to apprentice plumbers. We had 40+ very engaged apprentices who asked many and varied questions. It was a real privilege to have the chance to chat with these apprentices and to try and make them asbestos aware – we hope in the future that this sort of info might help these future plumbers being exposed to asbestos in their work places and homes. Thanks to trade teachers Nick and Rod for the session today and joining in.
The ACV/GARDS crew attended the Master Painters Assoc Vic/Tassie – Melbourne Annual members meeting 14/6/17 – the Painter and Decorators are now much more asbestos aware – great bunch of tradies – with some terrific questions – we had an enjoyable night. We want to thank all for making us feel very welcome. We have forged some new friendships and look forward to a great association together.
The ACV/GARDS team were at the Home and Leisure show with a display to the general public on asbestos awareness from Friday the 26th to Sunday the 28th of May – we talked with many people and gave out bags of information. Great chance to catch many people that we would not usually run into. Young and old a like, people doing home renovations and others trying to find out about disposal and removal. Residents came in from all over Gippsland, which encompasses other councils in the area that abut Latrobe City to ask about how to handle and dispose of asbestos in their council area. It was great meeting everyone and hearing about their asbestos issues. We are taking some of those issues that were conveyed to us and seeing if we can try and represent the residents who live in those areas and rectify their problems.
ACV/GARDS also had two very hard working volunteers on the Saturday, we would like to thank Graeme Hamilton and Dennis Day for volunteering and helping out at the display. You were both a terrific help and we were informed that the two of you had a really good time talking with everyone that came up on the day. We could not have done it without you both. ACV/GARDS were also lucky to have applied for sponsorship to Energy Australia Yallourn P/L for the site we hired and we were successful in being allocated the funds to do that – it was very pleasing to know that we were supported in this manner to deliver the information to the public. Big thank you to the Energy Australia team at Yallourn it was very much appreciated.
All in all a very successful 3 day event where we met and talked with many and gained some new supporters. : )
We at ACV/GARDS were sadden by the news of Lou’s Williams passing on the 18/4/2017. She was a beautiful lady with a big heart who fought for mesothelioma sufferers everywhere. Our sincere condolences to Keith and Family. She will be sadly missed by us all.
Rest in Peace dear friend you have done a magnificent job. It is an honour to have known you Lou Williams.
ACV/GARDS crew attended the Asbestos Safety & Eradication Agency International Asbestos Conference in Adelaide from the 12th – 15th November. We caught up with many old friends and some new ones. It was great to spend time with Terry Miller and Kat Wake-Burge & the rest of the team from AVA. We also had a chance to chat with our old friend Matt Peacock seasoned ABC Journalist and spend some time with Tanya Segelov along with many others such as Linda Reinstein CEO Asbestos Disease Awareness Org United States. We also had the fortunate opportunity to meet a very lovely lady named Kathleen Ruff Founder & Head of RightOnCanda.ca. Dr Tom John Medical Oncologist & John Cannings from Rare Cancers Australia gave some very interesting news in the research and drug area – it was good to catch up with Dr Tom again. It was a pleasure to chat and catch up with Serafina Salucci a very strong advocate for asbestos sufferers – keep up the good work Serafina. Two of our members who live in Adelaide met with us for dinner while we were there – Jane West and Terry Wilkins.
We thoroughly enjoyed seeing everyone. It was a very exhaustive visit to Adelaide learning so much more about asbestos issues from all over Australia and Internationally – but a really rewarding one – We will be looking forward to the next catch up with everyone.
The fight to Ban Asbestos around the world is only just beginning to ramp up – the International slogan is:
“Asbestos – Not Here – Not Anywhere”
If you would like to know more about the ASEA Adelaide 2016 Conference access this link
Penalties need to be tougher on people dumping asbestos – this fine was too light for an asbestos removal company – companies like this one are a disgrace to their profession. Shame on the company – 20 tonnes of asbestos – what were you thinking!