The beach is riddled with asbestos: erosion unearths toxic legacy at Wamberal
Asbestos has been discovered strewn along Central Coast beaches after erosion unearthed building waste buried in the dunes, years after authorities discovered the deadly fibre under a house that formerly belonged to disgraced Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid.
The Herald can reveal the asbestos has been found after last week’s east coast low pummelled the region, forcing evacuations as homes partially collapsed.
It’s opened a fresh chapter in a long-running controversy over Central Coast Council’s handling of the buried building waste, first exposed following a storm in 2016.
According to an Environment Protection Authority report, the waste was discovered buried in the embankment under 31 Ocean View Drive at Wamberal, a lavish holiday home boasting a Turkish steam bath and a colourful history.