Air quality monitoring in the Lower Hunter and on the Central Coast

We monitor air quality in the Lower Hunter region (in the centre of Newcastle and several Newcastle suburbs) and at Wyong on the Central Coast.

The Lower Hunter region

This region is located along the NSW east coast and includes the city of Newcastle, located about 120 km north-north-east of Sydney. The region includes the Port of Newcastle, the largest bulk shipping port on the east coast of Australia and one of largest coal export ports in the world. We undertake air quality monitoring in the lower Hunter and Newcastle Local Air Quality Monitoring networks.

The Lower Hunter Air Quality Monitoring Network

Monitoring stations at Newcastle, Beresfield and Wallsend make up the Lower Hunter Air Quality Monitoring Network.

The Newcastle Local Air Quality Monitoring Network

The monitoring stations at Carrington, Mayfield and Stockton make up the Newcastle Local Air Quality Monitoring Network.

These stations were set up in 2014, following studies by OEH and the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and advice from NSW Health’s Air Pollution Expert Advisory Committee.

The station locations were nominated by the Newcastle Community Consultative Committee on the Environment.

To comply with statutory requirements, data from these fully industry-funded stations is not included in the reports that OEH publishes.

Reporting

Hourly reports

Using data from the stations at Newcastle, Beresfield, Wallsend and Wyong, we provide hourly values of pollutant concentrations and an Air Quality Index (AQI). Carrington, Mayfield and Stockton stations are fully industry-funded and the measurements are available from the datafeed map.

Annual reports

You can find more air-quality information for the Newcastle and Central Coast region in OEH’s annual air-quality monitoring reports.

Newsletters

Seasonal air quality newsletters are published for the Newcastle and Central Coast region.

Research studies

Recent research studies which have expanded the evidence base on the composition and sources of particle pollution in the region have included the Lower Hunter Particle Characterisation Study and the Lower Hunter Dust Deposition Study (completed in 2016) and the Coal Particle Study at Stockton (published in 2017).