Dust re­port wins in­dus­try ap­proval

North West Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Tay­lar Amonini

The Port Hed­land In­dus­tries Coun­cil is en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to sup­port the find­ings and rec­om­men­da­tions of the Port Hed­land Dust Man­age­ment Task­force Re­port.

Re­leased last month, the re­port is the cul­mi­na­tion of more than seven years of dust mon­i­tor­ing and fol­lows a Health De­part­ment as­sess­ment last year which found dust lev­els in Port Hed­land could have neg­a­tive health ef­fects.

The re­port out­lines seven ar­eas of rec­om­men­da­tions in in­terim guide­lines — air qual­ity mon­i­tor­ing, in­dus­try reg­u­la­tion, noise, land-use plan­ning, lo­cal govern­ment, com­mu­nity, and gov­er­nance.

PHIC spokes­woman Kirsty Danby said the re­port took a bal­anced ap­proach to ad­dress­ing com­pet­ing pri­or­i­ties and laid the “es­sen­tial foun­da­tion” to al­low the port and the town to con­tinue to grow.

“In­dus­try ac­knowl­edges com­mu­nity con­cerns and is com­mit­ted to work­ing with the Govern­ment and the com­mu­nity to en­sure the long-term pros­per­ity of Port Hed­land,” she said.

“There is no dis­put­ing the value of in­dus­try to the lo­cal com­mu­nity, the State and the na­tion. The re­sources in­dus­try in the Pil­bara is the pow­er­house of eco­nomic growth for Western Aus­tralia and the Port Hed­land Port is cen­tral to that.”

Ms Danby said the PHIC would con­tinue to work with the Govern­ment to en­sure all stake­hold­ers trusted the air qual­ity mon­i­tor­ing net­work’ data.

This Fri­day, start­ing at 11am, there will be a com­mu­nity open day at the Town of Port Hed­land Civic Cen­tre to pro­vide com­mu­nity mem­bers and busi­ness own­ers with more in­for­ma­tion and an op­por­tu­nity to ask ques­tions on the re­port.

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