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Call for Fleurieu Homes to Join Asbestos Lawsuit

May 21, 2024 9:27 am in by
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DBH Lawyers are calling homeowners to join a representative action against the Fleurieu Regional Waste Authority (FRWA) for selling building materials containing asbestos.

They say around 150 homes could have significantly reduced house prices as they have to be added to a public Environment Protection Authority (EPA) asbestos register.

They allege FRWA did not undertake checks on dumped waste and road base rubble at the Goolwa Waste Depot before it was sold to local builders, contractors, and homeowners as an environmentally friendly and cost effective option.

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Peter Jackson, Partner at DBH Lawyers, said those homeowners are significantly out of pocket, and not just by reduced house prices.

“People have had contracts delayed and they’ve lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in some cases in fixed-price contracts no longer being fixed-price because you’re the one that’s actually stopped the build, they’ve had to have increased mortgage insurance. If you’ve got asbestos underneath your slab and you want to do a renovation… you have to have particular protective equipment in, you have to dispose of the waste in a particular way… everything just costs more,” Peter Jackson told ARN’s Jennie Lenman and Adam Connelly on air this morning.

So far about 14 or 15 households have joined the representative action lawsuit so far and DBH Lawyers are encouraging others to join in.

There are public information sessions at the Victor Harbor Convention Centre on 5 and 6 June at 7pm and 16 June at 2pm.


Hear Peter Jackson’s full chat with ARN’s Adam Connelly and Jennie Lenman via the audio play window below:

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