Clean Air Qld Community Organiser, Michael Kane will address the Brisbane City Council tomorrow in a bid to have Brisbane declared coal dust free.Please see attached media release.
Michael Kane Ph: 0438 766 230
Declaring Brisbane Coal Dust Free!
The campaign to declare Brisbane Coal Dust free is gathering momentum. After a 12 month campaign Clean Air Queensland has gathered support of thousands of Brisbane residents and politicians from all levels of government and political affiliations.
Clean Air Queensland Campaign Coordinator Michael Kane will be taking the Clean Air message to a full sitting of Brisbane City Council this Tuesday afternoon at 2.15 pm. 4.11.2014.
Michael will be making a short presentation on the rapidly expanding coal industry in SE QLD and the health risks posed by coal infrastructure like coal stockpiles, mines and uncovered coal trains in or near our suburbs, schools and workplaces.
Clean Air Queensland is asking that the BCC declare itself a coal dust free zone and fight to insure that Brisbane residents have a basic right to Clean Air and Water.
“I will be asking BCC to work with us to make Brisbane Coal Dust Free as quickly as possible“said Mr Kane. “The technology and infrastructure to substantially mitigate the serious health risks posed by coal dust already exists, we aren’t really asking that much”
“The Brisbane City council urgently need to show leadership on this issue as the coal industry refuses to admit there is a problem and the State Government is ignoring the problem even though Premier Campbell Newman has previously been supportive of covering coal trains” said Mr Kane.
Currently 9 million tonnes of coal per annum is transported through Brisbane on its way to the port in uncovered train wagons.
The coal industry plans to expand the Acland Coal mine, reopen the Wilkie Creek coal mine and expand the Jeebropilly coal mine near coal mine within a few kilometres of Ipswich. This will mean that more than 20 million tonnes of coal could soon be transported through 21 suburbs of Brisbane within 18 months.
“The coal industry is allowed to pollute residential neighbourhoods in Brisbane at industrial levels, residents are breathing coal dust 24 hours a day, seven days a week” said Mr Kane.
The particulate and dust pollution caused by QLD substandard poor mitigation efforts can travel up to 10km from uncovered coal trains and stockpiles and means that hundreds of thousands of Brisbane residents are already being affected by avoidable particulate pollution and things will soon get worse.
Coal dust is a class one carcinogen (World Health Organisation) and is responsible for 80% of the Pm10 particulate pollution in Queensland. (National Pollution Inventory 2014)
40 000 children go to school within 1km of the coal corridor in SEQ.
“Not only is our air being polluted, plans are being made to develop coal mines in the Wivenhoe catchment which threatens to pollute Brisbane’s drinking water” said Mr Kane.
The BCC chambers is on level 2 and can be accessed via King George Square and is open to the public. The Adelaide street entrance is currently closed though the lifts are still operational in the foyer. Be there by 2pm to insure that you don’t miss the presentation.