Museum statement

Visitors may notice that a fence has been erected along the West Basin, preventing pedestrian access to the lakeside path next to the National Museum of Australia.

This land is managed by the National Capital Authority (NCA) and the fence has been erected by the NCA after some small pieces of asbestos sheeting were found in the area. The pieces are believed to be a legacy of the site’s previous buildings and construction activity.

The NCA is inspecting the area and will develop a remediation program.

Air quality testing has shown that there are no airborne asbestos fibres at or near the fenced area.

The NCA has advised that there is no danger to the public or staff at this time.

Access to the Museum along the roadway and the paved pedestrian paths is unaffected by these issues.

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