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Kambah houses made from bonded asbestos could have a solution soon

Asbestos homes: ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher says there should be a decision soon.
Asbestos homes: ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher says there should be a decision soon. Photo: Rohan Thomson

Kambah home owners living in properties made almost entirely of asbestos look likely to receive assistance from the ACT government after a decision on the Mr Fluffy crisis.

Residents of the same street in the Tuggeranong suburb had called for help following the discovery they were living in a toxic nightmare.

The six homes were constructed by the National Capital Development Commission as part of a program of experimental modular housing in the 1970s.

Bonded asbestos is found in thousands of homes built before 1985  in the territory but these properties are built almost entirely   from the toxic substance.

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has given a clear indication that the home owners will receive assistance.


She said a solution would be found for the Kambah residents at the announcement of a buy back and demolition scheme for Mr Fluffy homes.

She said the government had not raised the issue with the Commonwealth because it was a different situation to the loose-fill asbestos homes.

"But we will also have a solution for them – it will be different to this and we won't include them in this but it will have a similar outcome," Ms Gallagher said.

A spokesman said the government was looking at options separately to its announcement on Mr Fluffy homes.

He said no final options had been put to the government.

Resident Jay Kelly said he was pleased but was still worried about the health of those in the homes.

Most of the affected residents were first-home buyers and had completed renovations before finding out the homes were made of asbestos.