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Demolition waste at Carlton and Cairnlea from the Corkman pub

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The Victorian government is working with the local community to address concerns about the illegal demolition of the Corkman Irish Pub in Carlton and associated asbestos concerns.

14 February 2017 update

Contractors are currently undertaking minor safety works at the site of the former Corkman Pub to remove loose bricks from the remaining east wall and to secure loose roof sheeting.

These works are being completed by contractors on behalf of the site owners, and are in response to an emergency order issued to the owners of the site by the City of Melbourne’s Municipal Building Surveyor on Monday, 23 January 2017.

These works are a precautionary measure to ensure the site remains safe into the future.

The works are being carried out in accordance with City of Melbourne, WorkSafe and Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) requirements.

Local residents and landowners have been notified of the works through a letter provided by EPA officers. Adjacent landowners have also been informed by the company that owns the site.

14 December 2016 community drop-in information session

Brimbank City Council is hosting a community drop-in information session to discuss illegal dumping of rubbish and other environmental issues of interest to the local community. 

EPA staff will be available to answer questions about the recent illegal dumping of waste containing asbestos at 93 Furlong Road, Cairnlea, which has now been safely removed.

Date: Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Time: 4–7 pm
Location: Cairnlea Town Centre shopping centre

16 November 2016 update

EPA can advise that rubble containing asbestos at a Cairnlea property allegedly from the Corkman Irish Pub has been removed by the site owner.

On Friday, 11 November 2016 EPA officers attended the site and confirmed there was no visible asbestos waste or construction and demolition rubble from the Corkman Irish Pub stored onsite. EPA is satisfied that demolition waste containing asbestos from Cairnlea site is transported and deposited to the facility licensed to receive asbestos waste.

As part of the MWPAN EPA issued to the site owners in October, EPA requires a report from the site owner and prepared by an asbestos hygienist detailing how asbestos waste would be managed and removed from the site.

Corkman Irish Pub (Carlton) site

The company responsible for the site of the demolished pub in Carlton has conducted air monitoring, which has shown there are no asbestos fibres in the air.

EPA has issued a notice that requires the company to maintain a covering over debris and rubble at the site. WorkSafe and the City of Melbourne are determining the approach to site cleanup at Carlton, including the feasibility of recovering building materials from the rubble, recognising that asbestos clearance will also be required.

EPA is continuing to investigate further potential breaches of the Environment Protection Act 1970 related to the demolition.

Cairnlea site

Community information drop-in hub

EPA and Brimbank City Council representatives will be available at a community drop-in information session to discuss any concerns that surrounding residents and community members may have.

Date: Thursday, 10 November 2016
Time: 4–7 pm
Location: Cairnlea Town Centre shopping centre

EPA issued a minor works pollution abatement notice (MWPAN) to the site owners at 93 Furlong Road in Cairnlea, requiring them to maintain a covering over rubble at the site until all construction waste containing asbestos material is safely removed under the supervision of asbestos risk specialists.  

On 4 November 2016 the company responsible for the site conducted unannounced works to remove asbestos under the supervision and monitoring of asbestos risk specialists.

EPA and WorkSafe attended the site while works were occurring and were satisfied that best practice was being followed. EPA received a an asbestos clearance letter from the solicitors of the site occupiers on Friday 4 November, produced by specialist asbestos contractors, confirming asbestos was safely removed from two stockpiles of material allegedly taken from the Corkman Irish Pub. Based on this information a covering was no longer required at the Cairnlea site because the asbestos risk was no longer present.

However, new information provided to EPA has revealed that building sheet fragments that contain asbestos remain in the building rubble. The site owner must continue to comply with EPA notices requiring them to maintain a covering over rubble until all asbestos material is safely removed.

The risk to community is extremely low because the asbestos is contained within solid cement sheeting, which means it is not easily airborne.

On 9 November 2016 EPA issued a clean up notice to the site owners at 93 Furlong Road in Cairnlea requiring them to remove and lawfully dispose of all construction waste (including waste containing asbestos material) under the supervision of asbestos risk specialists.  

EPA continues to work closely with its government partners and the community to resolve the issues at the Cairnlea and Carlton sites and ensure human health and the environment are protected.

EPA is taking all necessary precautions to give the community confidence that it is protected from any harm.


EPA was called to investigate the demolition waste from the illegal destruction of the Corkman Irish pub in Carlton. Testing of demolition and construction waste at the site confirmed the presence of asbestos. EPA was then able to track down this waste to a property in Cairnlea following a tip-off from a member of the community.

Following community concerns, EPA and Brimbank City Council conducted doorknocking in the residential area surrounding the Cairnlea site to discuss concerns about the asbestos, and visited 72 homes.

More information

If you have any further questions, concerns or information you would like to provide on to this issue, please contact EPA’s 24-hour hotline on 1300 372 842 (EPA VIC).

Download the enHealth Asbestos guide (Commonwealth Department of Health) or pick up a copy from Brimbank City Council.

If you have concerns about your health, speak to your doctor.

Page last updated on 13 Sep 2017