Wittenoom: Australia’s Chernobyl

Wittenoom: Australia’s Chernobyl

Wittenoom is a stunning and tranquil piece of Australian country – and it is the most contaminated place in the southern hemisphere. It is Australia’s Chernobyl.  Since 2007, this town has been officially closed, removed from maps and stripped of a local...
Asbestos In Australia, Then And Now

Asbestos In Australia, Then And Now

At times, such as the 1950’s, Australia has been one of the highest consumers of asbestos in the world. Thankfully since then we have had the substance completely banned from Australia, but that only happened in December of 2003. Not so long ago! The extent of the...
Asbestos and Renovations

Asbestos and Renovations

So you’ve just bought your dream home… well almost. You’ve bought the house that you are going to turn into your dream home. There are so many ways to transform old houses into a place that feels like home, and amongst all the ups and downs of making that a reality is...
When Was Asbestos Banned in Australia?

When Was Asbestos Banned in Australia?

In Australia, a large majority of asbestos produced, was used in manufacturing asbestos cement, which was a staple material in building construction.  The asbestos based materials were cheap, durable and fire resistant. Australia has one of the highest asbestos...
How to Identify Asbestos

How to Identify Asbestos

Identify When Your Home Was Built Asbestos was largely used in construction prior to the late 1980s in Australia. Australia banned the import and use or blue or brown asbestos products in the mid 1980s and banned the manufacture or import of white asbestos in late...
Talcum Powder and Cancer: Myth Busted

Talcum Powder and Cancer: Myth Busted

Recently, speculation was made that Talcum Powder contained asbestos and therefore was causing ovarian cancer. In July last year, Johnson & Johnson were ordered to pay $6 billion in compensation to 22 women and their families whom claimed their cases of ovarian...