Singleton and Muswellbrook councils have received funding to undertake ajoint wood smoke reduction campaign in 2016 and 2017.
SMOKE REDUCTION: Singleton and Muswellbrook Councils are offering cash rebates for professional chimney cleaning in their local areas.
The funding from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) includes$52,000 in 2015 and 2016and $30,000 in 2016 and 2017to promote awareness andunderstanding about the health risks and impacts of wood smoke in the localcommunity.
Singleton Council director of Planning and Sustainable Environment GroupMark Ihlein says smoke emissions from domestic wood heaters and openfireplaces are a major distributorto air pollution in Singleton.
“There are concerns about wood smoke because of its potentially adverseimpacts on health, particularly for elderly people, children and those withexisting health conditions, such as asthma,” Mr Ihlein says.
“Smoke from wood heaters and open fireplaces contain a mix of noxiousgases,as well as fine particles,that can be breathed deep into the lungs.”
Muswellbrook Shire Councilsustainability coordinator,Mark Scandrett,saysthere needs to be a change in the way we use our heaters.
“Muswellbrook Shire Council works closely with the NSW EnvironmentProtection Authority to reduce the pollution caused by wood smoke in ourregion,”Mr Scandrett says.
“We offer advice for owners of wood heaters on how to use their heatersefficiently and as the weather warms up we offer tips on how to clean andprepare for the next year.”
In late 2015 the EPA undertook a behavioural study into the operation andreplacement of wood heaters in Singleton and Muswellbrook localgovernment areas.
The study identified that attitudes towards wood smoke pollution in the twoareas are highly influenced by the impacts of mining on air quality.
The funding will help the councils to communicate messages and applyappropriate controls according to their community needs and uniquegeographic location.
Mr Ihlein says both Singleton and Muswellbrook Councils are already offeringcash rebates for professional chimney cleaning in the Singleton andMuswellbrook area.
“Residents are encouraged to apply for a $50 rebate to have theirchimney/flue professionally cleaned,” he says.
“A clean chimney helps it operate more efficiently and reduces the amount ofsmoke emitted.”
Application forms and terms and conditions are available on Council’s websiteat 梧桐夜网singleton.nsw.gov419论坛/rebate or at 梧桐夜网muswellbrook.nsw.gov419论坛
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