Air Quality

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The air quality in the Kiama Municipality is affected by local, regional and global sources and is therefore an issue that crosses local council boundaries. Poor air quality can impact on our health and the environment. The NSW Office of Environment & Heritage (OEH) monitors air quality in Wollongong and Albion Park, but currently there are no monitoring stations in the Kiama Municipality. The OEH's Regional Pollution Index is reported annually in our State of the Environment Reports, and Air Quality Index (AQI) information is also available at the OEH website.

The main sources of air pollution include motor vehicles, backyard burning, solid fuel heaters, bushfires, energy consumption, odour, dust from unsealed areas, waste production, vegetation clearing, and direct emissions from certain primary and secondary industries.

Current projects and policies

Burning of Vegetation Policy

Council has adopted a No Burn Policy within the Kiama Municipality. We will only consider applications to burn piles of vegetation that relate to properties performing rural activities. Approval is subject to an inspection by one of our officers taking into account the material being burned and the impact this activity may have on the local air quality.

Regulation of air pollution

Our environmental health officers and Ranger Services officers investigate complaints received relating to air pollution, ash and fumes.  A common issue in the winter months is smoke produced by wood-fired heaters in residential premises.  The OEH investigates complaints regarding air pollution from scheduled premises and activities and smokey vehicles. Clean up notices, prevention notices or penalty infringement notices for offences may be issued by our officers under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997.

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