Last Week the NSW Government announced that its air pollution monitoring network will be expanded across the state including hotspots in regional NSW, with air quality monitoring to commence by the end of 2017 in the Namoi Valley. The announcement outlined that monitoring will be in place in Narrabri and Gunnedah. The NSW Government will be working closely with the resources industry in the region to establish a North-West Air Quality Monitoring Network to provide real-time data on air quality.
Narrabri Shire Council Mayor, Cathy Redding welcomed the announcement. “This is a great initiative from the NSW Government to protect the health of regional communities,” explained Mayor Redding.
“Council has been lobbying the Environmental Protection Authority extensively to establish independently operated dust monitors in the urban areas of Narrabri Shire to alleviate concerns from the community and ensure the quality of our country air is preserved.”
“Council appreciates that the NSW Government has listened to our concerns and acted on these for the betterment of the Narrabri Shire community,”
“Council anticipates further information on the exact locations of the new monitors and how they will be monitored but this announcement is a positive step in the right direction,” concluded Mayor Redding.