Wittenoom asbestos contamination and management

The Wittenoom area is affected by asbestos contamination derived from historical mining activities in three locations (Wittenoom Mine, Colonial Mine and Yampire Mine).

The mines operated in the area during the 1930's up until 1966 and produced waste material called tailings, which contain varying amounts of residual blue asbestos fibres (crocidolite).  

The stockpiles of tailings have been eroded and dispersed over the years since the mining operations have ceased and now extend for several kilometres downstream from the actual mine sites.

On this site you will find:

  • background and history
  • map of asbestos management area
  • recent State Government actions
  • health risks and visitor warnings
  • nearby alternative destinations to visit
Page reviewed 20 April 2018