A community co-design panel setup by the Andrews Labor Government has developed a blueprint for a new air monitoring network in the Latrobe Valley.
Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) facilitated the co-design process, which involved more than 30 community members and came up with a single model for the air monitoring network.
The new model provides more air monitoring coverage and uses equipment that can be moved and adapted to changing circumstances.
EPA has now begun the process of buying air monitoring equipment and identifying specific installation sites so the community’s design can be implemented.
The design incorporates air monitoring stations east of Flynn and dust sensors at Yinnar South and Morwell East, as well as 14 smoke sensors and eight gas sensors.
The community chose to maintain EPA’s air monitoring stations at Traralgon, Morwell East, Morwell South and Churchill, but to move the current Moe station to the northern side of the town.
The design also includes the installation of video cameras at Hernes Oak, Tyers and Balook to help monitor visible signs of smoke and dust.
EPA anticipates the new air monitoring network will be built during 2017 and 2018. As suggested by the panel, the network will be trialled for 12 months to ensure it is working optimally.
Quote attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio
“The design includes more air monitors and easier access to information on dust, smoke, and gases. This will provide the Valley community with much more information about the quality of their air.”
Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing
“The community panel has created a comprehensive new air monitoring network for the Latrobe Valley by drawing on the expertise of scientists and locals during three co-design sessions.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020