Mayor Margaret Strelow says the asbestos in her Chat Room Cafe, whic covers an area of 20sq m, is not an issue.
Mayor Margaret Strelow says the asbestos in her Chat Room Cafe, whic covers an area of 20sq m, is not an issue.

Strelow says Chat Room Cafe is not riddled with asbestos

MAYOR Margaret Strelow yesterday wanted to end a "sick campaign" she said was keeping her from doing another good thing for people.

Cr Strelow yesterday told the media complaints had been filed to the State Government and Rockhampton Regional Council claiming that the Bolsover St building for her new takeaway cafe contained asbestos that wasn't registered before the licence for her business was approved.

Cr Strelow acknowledged she didn't initially have the paperwork to register the asbestos, which covered an area of 20sq m of fibro in the building.

She acknowledged she didn't have a detailed action plan for getting rid of that asbestos.

She said it took her three days, but she finally had those pieces of paper, which detailed no further action was required.

The building was not riddled with asbestos as some people claimed, she said.

"This is a sick, muck-raking campaign."

Cr Strelow is having a sustainable social enterprise cafe built in Bolsover St where people who cannot afford to pay full price for a meal can do so at a low cost.

Yesterday Eric Lewis, who previously made complaints about the state of the Chat Room cafe, told Seven Local News Cr Strelow did not comply with building standards when he told her two years ago that she needed to address the asbestos problem.



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