Community Committee To Be Formed To Help Monitor Local Air Quality

Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott is inviting local residents, business owners and community groups to be part of a committee invited to have a say on air quality monitoring arrangements before and during the operation of the NorthConnex motorway.

“The Air Quality Community Consultative Committee (AQCCC) will be established in May 2017 and operate for up to two years after the opening of the $3 billion motorway in 2019,” Mr Elliott said.

“The committee was a condition of planning approval by the Minister for Planning and will feature representatives from local Councils, Roads and Maritime Services and three members of the community.

“To ensure impartiality, the committee will be led by an independent chairperson, approved by the Department of Planning and Environment.”

“The AQCCC will help provide the community with an additional layer of transparency and confidence the stringent air quality standards will be met.

Mr Elliott said NorthConnex will operate in line with world’s best practice for air quality standards.

“World leading experts in air quality were consulted as part of the NorthConnex planning process and we have set a very high benchmark for the project,” Mr Elliott said.

“The committee will meet over the next five years and will be directly engaged in the monitoring and public reporting processes, including helping choose the locations of air quality monitoring stations.

“Pennant Hills Road remains one of Sydney’s most heavily congested roads, with around 10,000 trucks driving through the middle of our community each and every day.

“NorthConnex will take half of those trucks off Pennant Hills Road and contribute to an overall improvement in air quality in the area.”

AQCCC nominations will be assessed against selection criteria, including proximity to planned ventilation outlets, contributions to the community and previous committee experience.

Six air quality monitoring stations, two near each ventilation outlet, one along Pennant Hills Road and one ambient air quality reference station – will be installed at least 12 months before the motorway is opened.

During the two-year operational monitoring period, NorthConnex will use the data gathered to ensure the actual air quality results are in line with the modelling and meet the conditions of approval required by the Department of Planning and Environment for the project.

Establishing the AQCCC is a condition of approval set by the Minister for Planning.

For details on how to nominate to be part of the AQCCC please visit www.northconnex.com.au .

For more information contact NorthConnex on 1800 997 057, email enquiries@northconnex.com.au or visit the NorthConnex Community Information Centre at 118 Yarrara Road, Pennant Hills, on weekdays from 9am to 5pm.

Applications for the AQCCC close on Friday 14 April 2017.