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The EPA announces new members of NCCCE

Media release: 24 February 2016

In October 2015 the EPA sought nominations for membership of the Newcastle Community Consultative Committee on the Environment (NCCCE). The term of the previous Committee expired in November.

In response to the call for nominations, the EPA received a strong field of applicants for the nine positions on the Committee (excluding the Chair who has been reappointed). The breadth of nominations reflects the interest from the community in the important role of the NCCCE.

The EPA is pleased to announce that the composition of the new NCCCE has been finalised. The members are:

  • Mr John Tate – Independent Chair
  • Dr John Mackenzie – Environmental representative
  • A/Prof Howard Bridgman – Community representative nominated by the Minister for the Environment.
  • Mr Rick Banyard – Community representative
  • Mr Keith Craig – Community representative
  • Ms Sherree Woodroffe – Industry representative
  • Mr Peter Kibble – Industry representative
  • Mr Michael Dowzer – Industry representative
  • Dr Craig Dalton – NSW Health nominee
  • Mr Andrew Baxter - City of Newcastle nominee.

Gary Davey, Director North Branch said “The EPA is very pleased to announce the new NCCCE membership. The members reflect a broad background of interests and expertise in environmental matters.

“The work of the NCCCE over its past term is testament to the positive and constructive results that can be achieved through a collaborative approach.

“The EPA looks forward to continued work with the NCCCE in the upcoming term of its operation.” 

The new Committee will run to November 2017. It held its first meeting on 17 February.

At the meeting, the Office of Environment and Heritage tabled the Spring Air Quality Statement for the period from 1 September to 30 November 2015. The statement reported that air quality in the Newcastle region was generally good during this period.

The report noted that levels of fine particulate matter PM2.5 (particles less than or equal to 2.5 microns in diameter), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), sulfur dioxide (SO2) and ammonia (NH3) were all below benchmark concentrations.

While there were exceedances of daily average levels for particulate matter PM10 (particles less than or equal to 10 microns in diameter) this was due, in part, to bushfires in late November.

Elevated levels at Stockton were believed to be due mainly to the effects of salt spray from onshore winds.

The full report is available on the OEH website at  http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/aqms/newcastle-monitoring.htm

The NCCCE was established in 2011 to advise the Minister for the Environment and the EPA on the establishment of the Newcastle Local Air Quality Monitoring Network and on emerging environmental issues in the Newcastle local government area.

The air quality monitoring network was established successfully and is now fully operational. The Committee is now focussed more broadly on air quality issues in the Newcastle area.

The Committee represents the interests of the local community, environment groups, industries and local council.

The NCCCE’s terms of reference, meeting minutes and other information are publicly available on the EPA website.

 

Contact: Public Affairs

Page last updated: 24 February 2016