Asbestos has been discovered strewn along Central Coast beaches after erosion unearthed building waste buried in the dunes, years after authorities discovered the deadly fibre under a house that formerly belonged to disgraced Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid.
The Herald can reveal the asbestos has been found after last week’s east coast low pummelled the region, forcing evacuations as homes partially collapsed.
It’s opened a fresh chapter in a long-running controversy over Central Coast Council’s handling of the buried building waste, first exposed following a storm in 2016.
According to an Environment Protection Authority report, the waste was discovered buried in the embankment under 31 Ocean View Drive at Wamberal, a lavish holiday home boasting a Turkish steam bath and a colourful history.
It was owned by adman John Singleton before it shot to notoriety as the headquarters and favoured lunch spot of Mr Obeid’s sub-faction known as the ‘Terrigals’.
However, Mr Obeid told the Herald he is confident there was never any waste buried at the property during his 17-year tenure, because it was underpinned by concrete pylons that went “60 feet into the ground”.