Lawyers for asbestos clients welcomes NSW Mr Fluffy plan
29 June 2015
Chee Chee Leung
Leading asbestos law firm Maurice Blackburn has welcomed the NSW Government’s $250 million voluntary buyback scheme for Mr Fluffy affected homeowners, saying it will provide some much-needed relief to families.
Theodora Ahilas, head of Maurice Blackburn’s asbestos practice, said it was particularly positive to see that Mr Fluffy homeowners in NSW would be given the option of staying on their land and rebuilding.
“We’ve learnt from the experience in the ACT that not all home owners affected by the Mr Fluffy asbestos issue want to sell their house and land,” Ms Ahilas said.
“Some of the affected families have lived their entire lives in the same community. They want the option of staying there and rebuilding after appropriate remediation of the property.
“This NSW plan is a good first step that gives affected families flexibility around whether to sell their house and land to the Government, or to keep their land and rebuild.”
Ms Ahilas said it was hoped the $250 million set aside would cover the scheme, but said there needed to be a plan developed in case the initial investment was not sufficient.
The law firm made a submission last year to the NSW Parliament’s loose fill asbestos insulation inquiry.
Among the firm’s recommendations was a buyback scheme at market rates, a statewide register of affected buildings, and a requirement that any sale of affected properties must include a disclosure of its exposure to the Mr Fluffy product.