The Rural City of Wangaratta has Environment Protection Authority (EPA) approval to begin work cleaning up a section of Merriwa Park where asbestos contamination was detected last year.
The 250 square metre section affected is on an embankment behind properties in Ely Street and has been closed to the public for over a year.
Asbestos was detected in soil samples and is believed to have come from historic construction and demolition waste.
Council is responsible for complying with EPA remedial notices and recently had a clean-up plan approved for the contaminated area.
“The plan involves engaging contractors to cap the contaminated area with a honeycomb-like geofabrics and geoweb system that will be covered with soil and vegetation,” Council’s Director Infrastructure Services Alan Clark said.
“During the works Council will have a monitoring plan and inspections in place to ensure there is no asbestos dust outside the boundaries of the site.”
A budget of $196,000 has been allocated towards the works, which will begin in late October and are expected to be completed before Christmas, depending on weather and site conditions.
Following the completion of this work Council will begin restoring the nearby fernery, which has also been closed to the public since April last year.