Randwick Greens Councillor Philipa Veitch reports that residents fear they will be exposed to dangerous asbestos and lead as demolition work starts on their homes ahead of a $720 million Prince of Wales hospital redevelopment.
A process of compulsory acquisition was started by Health Infrastructure NSW (HI).
And while homeowners were invited to get their own valuations before negotiations over the final offer started Councillor Veitch says the offers were too low.
Councillor Veitch will be putting a motion to next Tuesday night’s Randwick City Council meeting calling on the the NSW Minister for Health, Brad Hazzard to prevent demolition work until all homes on the site have been vacated and fair offers made.
TEXT OF GREENS MOTION TO RANDWICK CITY COUNCIL 16th OCTOBER
That Randwick City Council:
- Notes that initial demolition work has commenced on Eurimbla Ave, Botany and Magill Streets Randwick, in preparation for the construction of new Hospital, Research and Education facilities;
- Notes that substantial amounts of hazardous material including asbestos and lead dust are to be removed, with major demolition work – including the use of excavators, trucks and trailers – slated to begin by mid-October;
- Notes that at the time of writing, nine homes have yet to be vacated, with young children, elderly and seriously ill residents still living in these homes;
- Notes that the majority of these residents have not received any payment from Health Infrastructure for their homes, so are not in a position to move. Notes further that these residents have expressed serious concerns about the demolition, and removal of hazardous materials;
- Write to The NSW Minister for Health, the Hon. Brad Hazzard, and Health Infrastructure NSW requesting that:
- Demolition work not take place until all homes on the site have been vacated;
- All options to make an offer on the properties in accord with that obtained by the resident’s independent valuer be investigated as a matter of priority, to allow residents to purchase a new property of similar size and amenity to that of their current homes, and to facilitate the demolition and construction work on the new facility in a timely manner.