Upper Hunter air quality monitoring network

Project background

In October 2009, the NSW Government, in partnership with the Upper Hunter coal and power industries, announced the establishment of an air quality monitoring network in the Upper Hunter Valley. Details of the project proposal are available on the Fact sheet: Upper Hunter Air Quality Monitoring Network (UHAQMN).

In November 2009, the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) held community meetings in Singleton and Muswellbrook. The purpose of the meetings was to communicate the rationale for the Upper Hunter Air Quality Monitoring Network, explain the partnership between industry and government, and gauge whether the planned network met the expectations of the community. People who attended the meetings were invited to submit questions to OEH about the proposed network. These questions and OEH’s answers are available in Questions and Answers.

The first two monitoring stations in the network, at Singleton and Muswellbrook, commenced operation in December 2010 with the remaining sites to be established by the end of 2011. Information on the current status of the network can be obtained from the Advisory Committee meeting minutes.

Monitoring results

For current monitoring results from the Upper Hunter Air Quality Monitoring Network, go to www.environment.nsw.gov.au/AQMS/aqi.htm.

The Upper Hunter 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 UHAQMN

More information about UHAQMN and how air quality is monitored and measured in the Upper Hunter Region is available on the OEH website. 

Advisory committee

In September 2010, the Upper Hunter Air Quality Monitoring Network Advisory Committee was established. The charter of the committee is to advise OEH and the Environment Protection Authority on matters specifically related to the design and operation of the Upper Hunter Air Quality Monitoring Network.

Find out about:

  • the membership of the committee
  • its terms of reference
  • the issues it has discussed at its meetings.

Related sites

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.

Community feedback

If you have comments or feedback on the Upper Hunter Air Quality Monitoring Network please email: airmonitoring.upperhunter@environment.nsw.gov.au

Page last updated: 13 November 2015