School at centre of cancer concerns to move
Four staff at the Hazelwood School have been diagnosed with cancer in the past two years. (ABC News: David Hudspeth)
A Tasmanian school linked to a possible cancer cluster will be re-located to a new site by the end of next year.
The Hazelwood School, in the Hobart suburb of Moonah, is moving to the eastern shore to give it room to expand, but its present site is still causing unease for past and present workers.
Premier hopes to allay cancer fears
The Premier, David Bartlett, is sending staff from the Education Department into Hobart's Hazelwood School to talk to teachers about their health concerns.
A large number of staff at the School for Special Needs Children have developed cancer over the past two decades.
Around 30 teachers and support staff work at the Hazelwood school's Moonah campus at any one time.
Since 1984 there have been at least 17 cases of cancer and other related illnesses among staff.
The figures were collated by a former staff member who was concerned there could be a possible cancer cluster linked to a nearby transmission tower and substation at the school.
Education reps meeting teachers over cancer concerns
Hazelwood School Moonah Tasmania August 2008
Representatives from Tasmania's education department will speak to staff at Hobart's Hazelwood School this afternoon.
Staff are concerned about a possible cancer cluster at the Moonah campus.
Over the past 20 years, 17 teachers and support staff at Hazelwood have developed cancer and other related illnesses. Some are concerned their sickness is linked to radiation from an electricity substation in the school basement and a neighbouring transmission tower.
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