Corellas damage asbestos roof of Geraldton building, sparking health concerns

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Corellas are peeling paint from the roof of the Geraldton Hotel, pulling up asbestos fibres in the process.
Camera IconCorellas are peeling paint from the roof of the Geraldton Hotel, pulling up asbestos fibres in the process. Credit: Geoff Vivian

An old roof at the corner of Gregory and Lester streets may cause serious cancers over the next 30 years, according to Asbestos Diseases Society president Robert Vojakovic.

Passers-by are walking and riding over dangerous asbestos fibres, stuck to strips of paint that corellas are peeling from the Geraldton Hotel roof each morning, according to nearby resident Indre Asmussen.

Mr Vojakovic said he was concerned about the health risks.

City of Greater Geraldton chief executive Ross McKim said his staff were working with the Geraldton Hotel management to address the issue on-site and clean-ups were continuing.

“During this time, the City and the Geraldton Hotel ask the community to obey all directions from contractors in the area,” he said.

“The City is also assisting by implementing the Animal Management Program in the vicinity to deter the corellas.”

The manager of the Geraldton Hotel was unavailable for comment.

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