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Kindergarten re-opens in Australia after asbestos alert
Australian kindergarten re-opens after asbestos alert
Grant Avenue Kindergarten in Gisborne, Australia, has re-opened three weeks after it was shut down following concerns over asbestos sheeting, the Macedon Ranges Weekly reports.

In 2003 an air conditioner was installed in the building before the Macedon Ranges Council and the kindergarten parents' committee knew about the dangerous mineral located in the facility, according to the news provider.

The inhalation of airborne asbestos fibers has been proven to cause a number of deadly diseases including mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer.

In a report commissioned by the council in 2006, it was revealed that asbestos was in the building but was deemed "safe" as long as it was not disturbed.

Despite the report, many feared that the asbestos sheeting in the 40-year-old facility could prove harmful to children and staff, prompting the three-week closure.

But asbestos specialist Ken Phillips said recently that the kindergarten could be safely re-occupied without the risk of asbestos exposure through the air.

"Provided no damage occurs to the asbestos products and the materials are maintained in good condition, this situation is unlikely to change in the near future," Phillips said.

The kindergarten has 90 registered students, according to the news source.

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