In September 2010, the NSW Government established an Upper Hunter Air Quality Monitoring Network Advisory Committee to advise on the design and operation of an air quality monitoring network in that region. The committee members represent the interests of the local community, the coal mining and power generation industries, non-coal industries, local councils, NSW Health and the Department of Planning and Environment.
The 14-station network was completed by early 2012, providing air quality information in near real time to the public on the Office of Environment and Heritage website. The term of the first committee expired in November 2013.
In November 2013, the Minister for the Environment formalised the committee under the NSW Protection of the Environment Administration Act 1991. The terms of reference and composition of the committee were unchanged from the founding Committee.
Members of the founding committee were invited to re-apply and expressions of interest were called for some vacant positions.
In February 2015, following a request from the committee, the EPA agreed to broaden the Committee's Terms of Reference to include advising more broadly on regional air quality issues. The committee's name has been changed to the Upper Hunter Air Quality Advisory Committee to better reflect its new charter.
The committee comprises 14 members. The committee membership was chosen to represent a broad range of views to ensure a balanced approach to the operation of the air quality monitoring network and the management of regional air quality issues.
Terms of Reference
The Terms of Reference and Constitution (PDF 125KB) support and guide the activities of the Advisory Committee.