SAFETY FIRST: Karen Wicks with Betty the display home at Bunnings.
SAFETY FIRST: Karen Wicks with Betty the display home at Bunnings. Allan Reinikka Rokaasbesto

Mobile display home shows where asbestos could be found

BETTY the asbestos mobile display home made a stop at Bunnings Warehouse in Rockhampton yesterday.

Betty's chauffer and curator, Karen Wicks said the mobile display home was built in the style of the 1960s and demonstrated to people where asbestos could be found.

"People have a misconception that asbestos is limited to fibro homes," Karen said.

"Asbestos was put into wet areas of the home including kitchens and bathrooms.

"It was also used around sinks," she said.

The idea of Betty was born through the Asbestos Education committee.

Karen said the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute team worked with inside communications and came up with the concept.

"They wanted something fairly mobile to travel to the communities so we came up with Betty," she said.

Cr Neil Fisher also met with Karen yesterday.

He said asbestos awareness was vital, especially following the damage Cyclone Marcia caused earlier this year.

"While renovations are something positive, it's also important to be aware of the risks involved with asbestos exposure," he said.

Asbestos Diseases

  • Lung cancer
  • Pleural disease
  • Asbestosis
  • Mesothelioma, an incurable, terminal cancer


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