Greens MP Colleen Hartland has called on the government to initiate a health impact assessment of the inner West truck hotspot in response to a COAG report* released today linking truck exhaust with poor respiratory health in children.
"Today’s COAG report confirms that diesel pollution affects children's respiratory health, and the higher the levels of exposure the worse the illness" said Colleen Hartland, Greens MP for the Western Suburbs.
"This report comes on the back of a recent World Health Organisation report declaring diesel exhaust a cancer-causing carcinogen and in the same category as passive smoking."
"2,000 trucks pass the fence of St Augustine’s Primary School school’s fence every day. Kids at Yarraville West Primary are exposed to the exhaust of 7,000 trucks every day that travel within 200 metres of their school. Norfolk Street Child Care Centre is within 100 metres of the exhaust of 5,600 trucks every day."
Ms HARTLAND (Western Metropolitan)—My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Planning on behalf of the Minister for Public Transport.
At a community meeting held in May, government and Metro representatives made a series of promises to the Altona Loop community. The May community meeting marked the one-year anniversary of the new train timetable. The timetable introduced in May 2011 resulted in significant cuts to the Altona loop train service. Ever since, the Altona loop commuters have been the most dissatisfied on the whole metropolitan network, as shown in every customer satisfaction survey.
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