EPA Board visits Broken Hill

The NSW Environment Protection Authority Board is in Broken Hill this week (April 10-12) to visit key environmental sites and discuss local environmental issues with partner organisations, community representatives and industry.

EPA Acting Chair and CEO Mark Gifford said the Board holds meetings in regional areas to look at issues and listen to concerns at the local level.

“It’s great to be able to travel to Broken Hill and hear directly from people, groups and businesses. We always find this valuable, particularly the first-hand insights into the challenges facing local communities.

“We know the people of Broken Hill are proud of their heritage and their city. They also deal with environmental issues, particularly living and managing lead within their community. The Board will be briefed on the many activities being undertaken through the Broken Hill Environmental Lead Program.

“The Board will be visiting the line-of-lode and remediated areas around the city as well as getting a feel for the stringent management and regulation of ongoing mines,” Mr Gifford said.

The Board will also see first-hand the local engagement in the NSW container deposit scheme, Mr Gifford said.

“The EPA has a strong relationship with Broken Hill City Council as well as other key stakeholders including mining and lead program stakeholders which we are keen to foster,” Mr Gifford said

The Board will visit the Perilya North Mine, the legacy Junction Mine, the Line of Lode Miners Memorial, University Dam, Duff Street Park and Patton Park to see the first stage of works on the remediated playground.