NSW launches draft clean air strategy

By Shannon Jenkins

March 19, 2021

Matt Kean
NSW treasurer Matt Kean. (AAP Image/Joel Carrett)

The New South Wales government is seeking community feedback on its draft clean air strategy, launched on Thursday.

Environment minister Matt Kean said last year’s bushfires served as a “stark reminder” of how important clean air is for the health of the public, and that there was more work to be done.

“We’re asking everyone with an interest in air quality in NSW to help us shape the final strategy by sharing your knowledge and providing your feedback,” he said.

The strategy aims to support liveable communities, healthy environments and the NSW economy by reducing the adverse effects of air pollution on NSW communities, through a whole-of-government approach.

It sets out five key action areas to mitigate community exposure to poor air quality, including:

  • Better preparedness for pollution events: improve information and how it is communicated to help reduce health impacts of pollution on NSW communities, including impacts from bushfires, hazard reduction burns and dust storms,
  • Cleaner industry: drive improved management of air emissions by industry,
  • Cleaner transport, engines and fuels: further reduce air emissions and impacts from vehicles, fuels and non-road diesel sources,
  • Healthier households: support reducing emissions from household activities, with the main priority being wood heater emissions,
  • Better places: reduce impacts of air pollution on communities through better planning and design of places and buildings.

The priority areas take into account previous public consultation on the Clean Air for NSW Consultation Paper and the Clean Air Summit, as well as policies such as the Net Zero Industry and Innovation Program, the NSW Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap and the Future Transport Strategy 2056.

The draft strategy also considers the recommendations of inquiries into the 2019-20 bushfire season to minimise health impacts from bushfire smoke.

Public consultation on the draft strategy will close on April 23.


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