LETTERS TO THE EDITOR | Air-quality report is a 'matter of great concern’

BREATHE IN: Breakdown of NSW air quality last year, monitors exceeding national standards. Liverpool had the worst result for 2018 across the state. Fine-particle air pollution in Liverpool measured 10.1 micrograms per cubic metre of air (µg/m3); 8µg/m3 is the national standard. Photo: Liverpool CBD skyline at the weekend. Picture: Simon Bennett
BREATHE IN: Breakdown of NSW air quality last year, monitors exceeding national standards. Liverpool had the worst result for 2018 across the state. Fine-particle air pollution in Liverpool measured 10.1 micrograms per cubic metre of air (µg/m3); 8µg/m3 is the national standard. Photo: Liverpool CBD skyline at the weekend. Picture: Simon Bennett

In reference to the recent air-quality report by Dr Ben Ewald, for Doctors for the Environment, which states that Liverpool is the worst air-polluted area in NSW for 2017-2018.

This is a matter of great concern for all of us.

We’ve been aware of the problem for many years and this report only confirms our greatest fears.

I’ve been campaigning against the Moorebank Intermodal freight hub for 11 years and have requested more vigorous air monitoring. 

Our research shows that an extra 20,000 mainly diesel vehicles will be brought into the region and this will be a disaster for residents in terms of health, traffic, noise pollution and contamination.

We’ve been aware of the problem for many years and this report confirms our greatest fears.

JOHN ANDERSON, President, RAID

It will also have the same impact on our wildlife, for example, our native koalas.

The area has one of the last remnants of the Cumberland Plain Woodlands and many iconic plants, like the Hibbertia Fumana last recorded in 1823.

The internodal will surely degrade the area with its impact.

Other development is also of great concern, too. There’s been a huge campaign against high-rise development which could destroy this once peaceful contented area. We look to the managers of the new airport to be mindful of the health of all our residents.

We’ve already got health problems here with so many residents with diabetes and high-blood-pressure problems.

I’ve known for many years that pollution streams out from the city on the sea breezes on a regular basis.

This area has 53 per cent of its population under 34. We should be very concerned about the state of the region we are leaving to them.

I’ve sent a message to the Government requesting the development of the Moorebank Intermodal freight hub be stopped pending a full independent inquiry.

I hope our concerns are addressed after this evidence and we’re not ignored as has happened in the past. Residents deserve to be heard.

JOHN ANDERSON

President, RAID (Residents Against Intermodal Development), Wattle Grove

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