Anger over asbestos mine’s deadly legacy
By Matt Peacock
Updated May 01, 2012 09:45:17
More than 2,000 people from Wittenoom have died from asbestos diseases.
Campaigners say they are becoming increasingly angered by the rising toll of mesothelioma deaths from the site of Australia’s biggest industrial disaster.
More than two dozen people are setting out today to walk across the desert from Kalgoorlie to Perth to highlight the urgent need for more research into the deadly asbestos cancer.
Perth is one of the world’s mesothelioma hotspots, mainly because of the now-abandoned blue asbestos mine at Wittenoom in the Pilbara.
More than 2,000 former workers and residents from Wittenoom have died from asbestos diseases and the toll is climbing.
Alarmingly, it is now increasingly the children of Wittenoom who are falling ill.