Newcastle Local Air Quality Monitoring Network
The Newcastle Local Air Quality Monitoring Network (NLAQMN) has been established and will provide additional information on the current air quality in Newcastle.
The EPA determined that a continuous local monitoring program for particulate matter less than 2.5 micrometres in diameter (PM2.5) and 10 micrometres in diameter (PM10), sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides would be beneficial for the Newcastle community, following studies by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), and advice from the NSW Health’s Air Pollution Expert Advisory Committee.
The Newcastle Community Consultative Committee on the Environment (NCCCE) also called for an air quality network in the Newcastle local government area and provided input into the selection of the new air quality monitoring locations at Mayfield, Stockton and Carrington. These stations will complement the existing air quality monitors in the Newcastle area operated by OEH. The network is modelled on the successful Upper Hunter Air Quality Monitoring Network, which is funded by industry and operated by OEH.
Industry was consulted about the proposed network and the preferred funding model for the network. Some were very supportive, whilst others voiced their opposition to funding the network.The former Environment Minister Robyn Parker, approved the drafting of a regulation to require relevant environment protection licence holders in the Newcastle local government area to fund the monitoring network. The draft regulation will shortly be open for public consultation.
While this regulation is being finalised, the EPA has provided advance funding for network construction. These funds will be reimbursed by industry when the regulation comes in to effect.
OEH managed the construction of the Newcastle Local Air Quality Monitoring Network and will manage its on-going operation on behalf of the EPA.
The Newcastle Local Air Quality Monitoring Network map displays current air quality conditions across the network.
To search historical data, go to www.environment.nsw.gov.au/AQMS/search.htm.
More information about NLAQMN
More information about NLAQMN and how air quality is monitored and measured in the Newcastle Local region is available on the OEH website.
If you are interested in health related issues, visit NSW Health .
If you are interested in issues relating to the planning or development approval process, visit the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure website.
If you have comments or feedback on the Newcastle Local Air Quality Monitoring Network please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Page last updated: 13 November 2015