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Asbestos signs must be posted at pub site

AAP logoAAP 20/10/2016

Developers who illegally demolished a 19th-century Melbourne pub have until Friday to install signage around the site notifying the public about the presence of asbestos.

The Environment Protection Authority handed down the notice, also forcing them to properly cover the rubble at the former Corkman Irish Pub, known as the Carlton Inn by Monday.

The pub was demolished on the weekend despite a stop work notice, a heritage overlay, and a lack of demolition or planning permits.

Firefighters doused the site in water on Thursday as a precaution to stop asbestos being picked up by high winds.

Despite the EPA saying the threat to the community from the asbestos is "very low", Worksafe is monitoring the air at the site.

Lawyers for the developers were at the site on Thursday but declined to comment to the media.

Numerous authorities are investigating the unlawful demolition, including Worksafe, the Victorian Planning Authority and the Melbourne City Council.

Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle says the developers Stefce Kutlesovski and Raman Shaqiri could potentially face fines of more than $1 million.

The pub was a popular venue for Melbourne University students, who have begun an online petition to see it restored, which more than 15,000 people have signed.

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