The Federal Government has dedicated almost $9 million to finding ways to improve air quality in Western Sydney.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment, Bob Baldwin and Hughes MP Craig Kelly made the announcement in Moorebank earlier today.
The money would be used to fund The Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub which will carry out research on air quality, green spaces and biodiversity.
Mr Baldwin said the research would help inform future plans for monitoring air quality and policies designed to reduce exposure to particulate matter.
‘‘The Australian Government is committed to integrating science into decision-making as a key principle of good environmental policy,’’ Mr Baldwin said.
‘‘The hub’s research will help to maximise the Australian Government’s investment in urban projects through on-ground biodiversity programmes, including the Green Army.
‘‘The research will also support policy measures including the National Clean Air Agreement, currently being developed with the States and Territories.’’
The hub will be led by a professor from the University of Melbourne and will bring together University of Wollongong, the RMIT University in Melbourne and the University of Western Australia research.
Mr Kelly said he was also looking forward in participating in the research.
‘‘This will build the capacity of urban residents to engage with nature in our cities and towns by collecting data as citizen scientists,’’ he said.‘‘It is critical that decisions are informed and guided by the best available data. This important government initiative will seek to enhance the evidence available for future planning decisions in Western Sydney.’’