Wittenoom - The Abandoned Blue Asbestos Mine Ghost Town & The Residents Who Refuse To Leave

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Wittenoom - The Blue Asbestos Ghost Town & The Residents Who Refuse To Leave Devils Dust Movie Trailer - The Killer James Hardie Asbestos Company & Bernie Banton https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0REkJuPi1zw Devil's Dust is a two-part Australian television docu-drama mini-series on the ABC which first screened in 2012. Based on journalist Matt Peacock's 2009 book Killer Company, Devil's Dust was researched and developed by producer Stephen Corvini for over two years prior to the series' production. Through the factual case of Bernie Banton, it recounts the tragedy of many Australian workers and their families afflicted with asbestosis and mesothelioma in the twentieth-century asbestos mining and processing industries. Though the extreme health risks of exposure to asbestos dust had been documented for many years, manufacturer James Hardie persisted in large-scale use of the material, aided by inadequate regulation by state health agencies. BEFORE he died an early death at 61 in 2007, Australia knew Bernie Banton as the smiling man with asbestosis who carried an oxygen bottle wherever he went. We didn't know all that much about him at first, just that he was up against the polished legal might and political clout of building materials manufacturer James Hardie. I still remember the company's name stamped on sheets of "fibro" in the local hardware yard. I had no idea the lives of thousands of Australians might have been jeopardised by asbestos in materials such as this. Or that underfelt made from shredded asbestos bags under old carpet leaked pain. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil%27s_Dust Banton seemed an ordinary bloke, a former factory worker, who soon became the widely recognised face of the legal and political campaign to achieve compensation for the many sufferers of asbestos-related diseases. But, as this two-part series reveals, there was more to Banton than many of us realised as we watched the emerging folk hero on TV waging his seemingly losing battle against the corporate figureheads of the James Hardie company. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/review/no-clean-sweep-as-miniseries-devils-dust-tackles-bernie-bantons-asbestos-story/story-fn9n8gph-1226513068301 Bernard Douglas (Bernie) Banton AM (13 October 1946 – 27 November 2007) was an Australian social justice campaigner. He was the widely-recognised face of the legal and political campaign to achieve compensation for the many sufferers of asbestos-related conditions, which they contracted after either working for the company James Hardie or being exposed to James Hardie Industries' products. Bernie himself suffered from asbestosis, Asbestos-Related Pleural Disease (ARPD) and then finally peritoneal mesothelioma. These conditions required him to carry an oxygen tank wherever he went. The 2009 book Killer Company details Banton's fight against James Hardie. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernie_Banton Bernie Banton on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cjhzvzoo0sk Banton brought an action against Amaca Pty Ltd before the Dust Diseases Tribunal of New South Wales https://safetyatworkblog.com/2012/10/30/devils-dust-australian-movie-on-asbestos-and-corporate-morality/ Exposure to Deadly Asbestos, Pesticides, Illegal Dumping etc - The Dangers, Examples, Advice & Warnings - James Hardie Australia ( Mesothelioma ) https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhyT97-KaZ_04EsHUmFurL1vLBSdMtzzR Devils Dust - Deadly Natural Blue Asbestos Facts & Dangers - Products of Asbestos - Mesothelioma https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eKi4_AM6l8


  1. it really is a wonderful place to visit. go often for swimming and camping. majestic and magical.
  2. I've watched the video and I respect and pray for the folks who still are alive. My life has been altered forever, because of working with asbestos products. I have little doubt most of us never knew the truth about the silent killer. I've lost many relatives and good friends because of the lies we were told. For a long time here in the USA, they salvaged some life in the manufacturing and sales of joint compounds and other building products. The stamp on asbestos products here were labeled  "NON-ASBESTOS" . What this term means is this; we add no asbestos to our products. However, mining of quartz, gypsum, mica and other minerals used in the fire-proofing and joint compound process, still leaves a significant amount of the material in our finished for sale containers. Asbestos occurs along, ingrained with or otherwise attached to minerals that are essential to satisfactory production of these products. The stuff is still killing people and will continue to do so, until this method of production is changed forever. I hope I live long enough to see my grandkids grow up. Peace be with you!
  3. As of right now, as of October 2016 there is currently only 3 recorded people living in Wittenoom. That's a very sharp decrease especially in a town that only had 8 residents at the time this video was recorded.
  4. I worked in the mill at Wittenoom Gorge packing asbestos fiber into bags. The mill was a cloud of dust and we were supposed to wear those flimsy little dust masks as if that would do any good. When I made enough money to move down the track, off I went. The place sure looks different now. The video brought back lots of memories of my youth.
  5. very very intersting doc!!!!! i have been at wittenoom in 1992 great memories thrue people....thrue life....australia the best....
  6. Heard there was only 3 left there now
  7. Where's Mario? Just got back from Wittenoom first time vistit, probably one of the best experiences I've ever had!! It changed my perspective 180, not what the government perceives it to be!! this place really gets you thinking...
  8. Interesting video, seems a idyllic place to live. I salute these people remaining even though I guess the elderly folks may have passed on in the last 10 years.
  9. The old digger with the vintage LandCruiser - LEGEND!
  10. I enjoyed that very much, thanks for the upload. Heartening to see these strong-willed people developing an even stronger love for their town, despite (and probably because of) ..the government's attempts to erase it from the map. The powers that be even bought the pub just to demolish it!
  11. This was an amassing documentary I can't wait until i'm old enough because i'm going to go to Wittenoom and it is going to be great. Room for improvement: don't use the default imovie font.
  12. 2:06 = FLATEARTH
  13. Soft in the head, maybe?
  14. Very interesting and moving Mini Doc Billy .

    Wonder if there's less or more people now ?

    The region so desolate and Nature taking over again. With the Asbestos Risk label , is this area protected forever . Or when the residents are no more . Will it just become pure nature or will the Government use the location for Who knows what ?
  15. a great but truly sad video
  16. That would be an awesome place to camp out and metal detect and bottle dig, for a week. Have you ever been there Bill?
  17. Video Taken from here:
    In outback Wittenoom, life is becoming increasingly insular. The government claims this ex-asbestos mining town is polluted, attempting to shut the town down by bulldozing buildings and cutting off power. Now nature is taking over. Yet eight determined residents of the once boom-town remain.
    Directed by Caro Macdonald
    Sound Recording by Elizabeth Hoyle
    Stills Photography by Tobias Titz