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9329 - CBD AIR QUALITY

Greenwich, Alex to the Minister for the Environment, Minister for Local Government, and Minister for Heritage
  1. Does Sydney air quality meet World Health Organisation standards?

  2. How does the Government monitor and assess air quality in the Sydney CBD?

  3. What is the rationale for not having an air quality monitoring station in the central Sydney area given the population density and large numbers of people living, working and visiting this precinct?

  4. Does the Government consider that monitoring air quality at Randwick, Rozelle or Earlwood accurately assesses air quality in the CBD?

  5. Is the Government considering new technologies to harness citizen led air quality monitoring projects to increase the scale and accuracy of this data?

  6. What strategies is the Government using to address climate change impacts on air quality including increased dust and bushfires and higher ozone levels?

  7. Considering motor vehicles are the single largest contributor to key air pollutants, vehicle kilometres travelled is increasing and the Government is building motorways to bring more vehicles into central Sydney, what strategies is the Government using to address increasing transport emissions?

  8. When does the Government intend to release its promised 'Clean Air for NSW 2017 27' plan?

  9. What further action will the Government take to improve Sydney air quality?

Answer -

I am advised:

(1) Yes, however Sydney air quality may occasionally not meet World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines during periods of dust storms, bushfires and hazard reduction burns.

(2) to (4) The Government committed to expanding the NSW Air Quality Monitoring Network to include a new monitoring station in central Sydney. Work is underway to secure a suitable site. More broadly, the Network provides robust information on air quality based on data from monitoring stations at Lindfield, Rozelle, Randwick, Chullora, Earlwood and Macquarie Park.

(5) Yes. The Government continually considers new and better ways to delivers services, including air quality monitoring projects.

(6) The Government has committed to managing the environmental impacts of climate change, including on air quality, under the NSW Climate Change Policy Framework.

(7) The Commonwealth Government administers motor vehicle emissions standards through the Australian Design Rules and motor vehicle fuel quality standards through the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000 (Commonwealth).

(8) Clean Air for NSW is being considered by Government.

(9) OEH and the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) will continue to address air pollution by developing and implementing regulation policies and programs. www.environment.nsw.gov.au⁄topics⁄air

Question asked on 20 September 2018 (session 56-1) and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 202
Answer received on 24 October 2018 and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 210