Bellingen votes for Hardie ban



BELLINGEN Shire Council followed the lead of many other local councils in NSW yesterday when it voted for a temporary ban on the purchase of James Hardie products.

The ban would continue until payment of compensation to victims of its use of asbestos has been fully guaranteed.

Cr Kerry Child put the motion saying the council had a moral obligation on the issue.

"James Hardie has moved its operations offshore to the Netherlands and its compensation funds are $1.5 billion short," Cr Child said.

Cr Gordon Braithwaite asked the director of engineering, Ken Wilson, what sort of pipes were used for water and sewerage and whether the council could do without the James Hardie products.

Mr Wilson said other suppliers could be found.

"We could survive and buy alternative products but we do have some materials already in store that we would need to use up," Mr Wilson said.

"We will refrain from purchasing any James Hardie products."

The motion passed unanimously.



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