Asbestos removal works completed on St John's, Pulau Hantu, islands to re-open: SLA

Staff Writer, Singapore
·Editorial Team
Photo of St. John’s Island: St. John’s Island Marine Laboratory/Facebook
Photo of St. John’s Island: St. John’s Island Marine Laboratory/Facebook

Asbestos removal works on St John’s Island and Pulau Hantu have been completed, and both islands will be fully re-opened to the public, said the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) on Friday (29 March).

In a media statement, SLA noted that it had worked with the relevant agencies to conduct asbestos surveys on all publicly accessible offshore islands in May 2018, following the discovery of asbestos on St John’s Island.

Pieces of debris containing asbestos were then found on Pulau Hantu and Kusu Island, while no such debris was found on Lazarus Island, Pulau Seringat and Kias Island. Kusu Island was earlier re-opened to the public, after asbestos removal works on the island were completed in September 2018.


During the campsite upgrading and asbestos removal works on St John’s Island, the campsites were closed and affected areas were cordoned off to restrict public access. The upgrading and maintenance works are currently in their final stages and are on schedule for completion by end-May 2019.

Separately, the former St John’s Island Campsite and Holiday Bungalow have been renamed as the St John’s Island Lodge. Overnight accommodation facilities will be re-opened to the public on 1 June 2019.

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