Community groups and individuals have raised concerns about the levels of visible black dust in the lower Hunter region. At the request of the Newcastle Community Consultative Committee on the Environment the EPA commissioned a study to examine the quantity, composition and likely sources of this dust.
The EPA established the Project Reference Group for the study, which comprised eight members: two community representatives, two industry representatives, two independent technical experts and two EPA staff members.
Reference group members
Mr George Barnes is an active member of the Correct Planning and Consultation Group for Mayfield and the Orica Community Reference Group, and volunteers with the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens. George was a TAFE teacher in Electrical Engineering and a local representative with the NSW Teachers’ Federation.
Mr Terry McCauley works for Transport for NSW, Country Rail Contracts unit which managed the maintenance for the Country Regional Network. As the Coordinator of Islington Village Community Group, Terry actively engaged with government and industry to protect and enhance the lifestyle of the village and surrounding inner city suburbs. Terry has a strong concern for the liveability of the inner city suburbs and campaigns to ensure that future developments in these areas are sustainable both financially and environmentally for future generations.
Professor Howard Bridgman is with the School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle, and has extensive knowledge of air quality issues having researched this topic for more than 35 years. Howard was an independent advisor for the Rutherford Air Quality Liaison Committee.
Mr Len Ferrari’s professional experience encompasses monitoring of air quality and emissions, having previously been Chairman of the Standards Australia Committee for air quality, worked with the EPA and consulted widely in this field. Len is a NATA Assessor with over 30 years’ experience assessing government and industrial air quality laboratories, in Australia and overseas.
Ms Marie-Louise ter Beek was the Environment Strategy Manager with Aurizon in Brisbane, the largest freight operator in Australia for coal, iron ore, other minerals and agricultural products. Marie-Louise managed environmental programs for Aurizon, working with stakeholders to develop strategies and plans to meet sustainability objectives to achieve best practice in air quality, noise, energy and waste outcomes.
Mr Antony Taylor was Major Projects, Statutory Manager with Orica at Kooragang Island, leading improvement programs relating to the site’s air quality, stormwater and noise environmental performance. Antony has a strong interest in managing the environmental performance of the manufacturing industry, particularly in monitoring and reporting systems for regulatory compliance.
Terms of reference
The EPA prepared terms of reference to support and guide the project reference group.
Methodology for the Study
The methodology paper (2.46MB) described the researchers’ approach to the study, including the sampling strategy and techniques for determining the composition of dust particles.
The methodology paper was reviewed by air quality scientists and the community as well as the Project Reference Group.
- The Lower Hunter Dust Deposition Final Report (PDF 2MB): details sampling, analysis and results from the Dust Deposition study.
- Appendices A to E (PDF 6.3MB): include a community flyer inviting residents to host sampling sites, meteorological data, wind conditions during sampling periods, fieldwork records and laboratory certificates for dust gauge analyses.
- Appendices F and G (PDF 8.4MB): contain laboratory microscopy reports and a summary of stereomicroscopy results for dust gauge, Petri dish and brush samples.
Minutes of meetings
- Minutes of meeting 1: 2 April 2014 (PDF 30KB)
- Minutes of meeting 2: 16 April 2014 (PDF 117KB)
- Minutes of meeting 3: 21 May 2014 (PDF 55kB)
- Minutes of meeting 4: 23 July 2014 (PDF 50KB)
- Minutes of meeting 5: 20 November 2014 (PDF 241KB)
- Minutes of meeting 6: 11 February 2015 (PDF 352KB)
If you have questions or require more information on this project, contact the EPA at firstname.lastname@example.org