NSW Governor David Hurley chatted with students from Granville Boys High School during a visit with his wife on Thursday.
NSW Governor David Hurley and his wife, Linda, spent time with students from Granville Boys High School before meeting with a group of sufferers of asbestos diseases and their families during a visit to Granville on Thursday.
Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia president, Barry Robson, said that as a nation, Australia continued to have the highest per capita rate of asbestos-related disease.
"Governor Hurley has a greater awareness than most people in the community about the dangers of asbestos and the terrible human toll it continues to take," he said.
"Not only is he the son of a steelworker - an occupation that like many in manufacturing often resulted in exposure to asbestos - but Governor Hurley spent 42 years serving in the Defence Force, which is another sector that has higher rates of asbestos-related diseases."
Mr Robson said that an estimated 25,000 Australians will die over the next four decades from mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer caused by asbestos exposure, while double that number are expected to die from other lung cancers caused by exposure to asbestos fibres.