17 March 2010
Greens Member for Brindabella, Amanda Bresnan MLA, will introduce a motion into the legislative assembly on Wednesday to address the unacceptably high levels of wood smoke in the Tuggeranong Valley.
“Wood smoke pollution continues to be a problem in the Valley and the ACT Government must step up and expand on it’s commitment to the Wood Heater Replacement program,” Ms Bresnan said today.
“The tiny particles from wood smoke create a great deal of discomfort when breathed into the lungs. For people who suffer from respiratory and heart problems, especially asthma, this can be very serious.
“This motion recognises that wood smoke pollution is a serious problem and that the ACT has been lagging behind other states in addressing it.
“I acknowledge that the Government has been working to address the build up of wood smoke in Tuggeranong through the Don’t Burn Tonight campaign and ACT Wood Heater Replacement Program.
“These programs have had some success, but the Government hasn’t been active enough in promoting them or using them as a tool to educate people about the impacts of wood smoke.
“The Greens are calling on the government to make air quality information publicly available , and we are pleased that the Government will look at making this information available on a daily or weekly basis.
“By providing information through more targeted education programs people can make more considered decisions about their heating, health and environment.
“The Greens are committed to addressing the health and environmental impact of excessive wood smoke in the Tuggeranong Valley,” Ms Bresnan said.Information on woodheaters