Residents of suburbs in the inner west will be given the opportunity to provide input into future improvements for local air quality where they live.
The Inner West Air Quality Community Reference Group will investigate air quality across the inner west and explore sources of pollution, to find the best solutions for managing air quality and emissions in the area.
The Reference Group will include representatives from key community groups, residents and representatives from Hobson’s Bay, Brimbank and Maribyrnong Councils.
The Group will examine air quality monitoring regimes with full access to the available data from the new air quality monitoring program, which was established by the West Gate Tunnel project. Air quality will be monitored for at least the next ten years, with local community involvement in decisions.
Construction is underway on the West Gate Tunnel, which will take more than 9,000 trucks per day off residential streets in the inner west, build additional noise walls, create new open spaces and complete Federation Trail.
The Group’s work will also contribute to the Labor Government’s Victorian Air Quality Strategy, which will set out clear, sustainable and cost-effective approaches to monitor and manage air quality over the next decade.
“Local communities in Melbourne’s west have excellent ideas on how to improve air quality, we are giving the inner west community a chance to have their voices heard,” said Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio, when the Group was announced last week.
For information on the Reference Group, please visit environment.vic.gov.au/sustainability/inner-west-air-quality-reference-group.