Old asbestos forces Bonnie Vale campground closure

The Bonnie Vale campground in the Royal National Park has been forced to close from today Wednesday 19 September due to fragments of asbestos-containing material emerging from the soil.

Camp facilities, Bonnie Vale Campground, Royal National Park

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Director, Deon van Rensburg, said drought conditions have reduced ground cover and increased soil erosion in the visitor area, increasing the appearance of fragments of the material, particularly in high traffic areas such as the campground and boat ramp.

"As community, visitor and staff safety is our priority, the asbestos fragments being disturbed requires the regrettable, closure of the campground," Mr van Rensburg said.

"This will enable a more detailed risk assessment and options for remediation."

"NPWS staff are advising the local community and visitors of the closure and we are contacting campers who have bookings from the site after 19 September."

"Access between Bundeena and Maianbar via the walking path through part of the campground will remain open.

"Walkers are requested to stay on the marked pathway when passing through the campground.

"The Bonnie Vale visitor area has old asbestos-containing materials buried in the soil because of past demolition of holiday cabins built on the site from the 1930s.

"All other visitor facilities in the Bonnie Vale precinct remain open.

"We apologise for any inconvenience, but as public safety is our focus, we simply must take this action."

"The NPWS is working with NSW Health and the Environment Protection Authority", Mr van Rensburg said.

For more information visit: Closure of Bonnie Vale Campground

For information about asbestos and risks to humans go to Asbestos and health risks