North West Air Quality Committee meeting warms up

Gunnedah, in the north west of the state, recently played host to a group meeting that discussed air quality in the region.

Representatives from both Gunnedah and Narrabri Shire Councils, the Red Chief Local Aboriginal Land Council, Whitehaven Coal, Idemitsu Australia Resources and Shenhua Watermark Coal met with representatives from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and the NSW Department of Environment and Heritage (OEH) to learn about, and discuss, air quality monitoring and the prospective installation of two air quality monitors in the region.

Attendees heard about varying particle size, analysis of particle pollutants and the EPA’s role in monitoring air quality and management techniques that specifically focus on the health of the community. An overview on the proposed sites for air monitoring stations in Narrabri and Gunnedah was also provided and was welcomed by attendees. 

Once approved by the Minister for the Environment, we will call for expressions of interest to join the Committee for two years. The proposed Committee would consist of: 

  • an independent Chair
  • a representative from each of the three Councils - Gunnedah, Narrabri and Liverpool Plains
  • three representatives from the community
  • an Indigenous representative
  • a representative to be nominated by Hunter New England Health
  • a representative nominated by the Department of Planning and Environment
  • three representatives from the local mining companies
  • a representative from NSW Farmers Association.