Official Media Release

$62,000 TO UPPER HUNTER TO TACKLE WOOD SMOKE

Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter today announced that Singleton and Muswellbrook councils will share in $62,235 in grant funding to run Wood Smoke Reduction Programs this winter.

Mr Johnsen said that funding will be used for local awareness campaigns to educate the community about the harm of particulate pollution in wood smoke, and to provide financial incentives to replace wood heaters and obtain a chimney flue cleaning rebate.

“Singleton and Muswellbrook councils have been selected for this funding to address their high winter particulate pollution that was identified in the Upper Hunter Particle Characterisation Study,” Mr Johnsen said.

“Smoke from wood heaters is a major cause of air pollution. These State Government grants will enable councils to explain these potential dangers to their communities and how to reduce smoke from wood heater burning.

“Financial assistance from the Liberals & Nationals State Government is also available to replace wood heaters with a more environmental friendly option.”

The suite of education materials includes radio and print advertisements, animated videos and a brochure.

Mr Johnsen said that Wood Smoke Reduction Programs run in the Singleton and Muswellbrook over the last two years have had great success with 38 wood heaters replaced and 150 chimney flue cleaning rebates issued.

Further information about the program is available from the local councils. For more information about reducing wood smoke emissions visit: https://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/your-environment/air/reducing-wood-smoke-emissions