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Install air monitoring network stations at Ripley, Collingwood Park and Redbank Plains

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Gary Duffy
47 Blackall Street

Total Signatures - 456

Sponsoring Member: The Clerk of the Parliament

Posting Date: 2/03/2021

Closing Date: 1/09/2021

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TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House that areas around Swanbank dumps have lung cancer rates of 16% in Ripley, 35% in Springfield, 48% in Redbank Plains higher than the Australian average according to Australian Cancer Atlas, also in some suburbs, liver cancers 29% and kidney cancers 21% higher than the Australian average. 

On 12 December 2007 DES installed an Air Monitoring Network Station at Swanbank, for monitoring air quality from the waste industry. This Air Monitoring Network Station was removed just 18 Months later on 19 June 2009. Since its removal the waste industry has expanded from approximately 100,000 t/P/A to over 1,000,000 t/P/A across the locality. 

The odour intensity from a 2018 public consultation conducted by Colmar Bruton, nearly 8 in 10 residents (77%) described the (odour) intensity as strong, very strong or extremely strong. In 2019, almost 1000 complaints to the DES about "dreadful" waste odours, chemical pollution and waste dumping in Swanbank were made by Ipswich residents over six months, since 2017, there have been 9340 complaints, yet there is no Air Monitoring Network Station measuring: PM10, TSP particles, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, sulfur dioxide, visibility, wind direction or wind speeds to correctly identify the locations of toxic air in the area. 

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to call on the Queensland Department of Environment, and the Department of Health to approve and install three new Air Monitoring Network Stations at Ripley, Collingwood Park and Redbank Plains.