Upper Hunter Air Quality Monitoring Network: consultative approach to network design

This network was delivered collaboratively by the former NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and the Environment Protection Authority following local community consultation.


In 2009 the NSW Government announced a partnership between government agencies and the mining and power industries to establish the Upper Hunter Air Quality Monitoring Network. The planned network would include up to 14 air quality (dust) monitoring stations which would also monitor wind speed and wind direction.

Community consultation

Following the announcement, the former NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) held community consultation meetings to communicate the rationale for the network, explain the partnership between industry and government, and gauge whether the planned network met the expectations of the community. The community information and consultation meetings were held on 17 November 2009 at Singleton Civic Centre and 18 November 2009 at Muswellbrook Council Administration Centre.

At these meetings, participants raised a number of issues and posed a number of questions. Some of the key outcomes from community consultation were:

  • a network advisory committee will be established and will include community representatives from local government areas to facilitate community concerns. Membership of the committee will include industry, government and local government representatives
  • the Department of Planning and Environment (former OEH), with advice from the network advisory committee, will regularly review the need to relocate monitors or establish new monitoring sites, due to inevitable changes in mining operations.

Community feedback

If you have any comments or feedback on the Upper Hunter Air Quality Monitoring Network, please email us.