Wittenoom closure champion remembered with posthumous award
The Asbestos Disease Society of Australia has posthumously awarded Emeritus Professor and WA’s first Indigenous MP Ernie Bridge for his work in closing the notorious town of Wittenoom.
Mr Bridge passed away from mesothelioma after visiting the Pilbara town during efforts towards its closure after many miners and residents had already contracted the disease.
ASDS CEO Melita Markey said Mr Bridge was a trailblazer in fighting against diseases associated with asbestos, and that he risked his own life to save others.
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