Air report out next week

THE Clean and Healthy Air for Gladstone (CHAG) project will release a Human Health Risk Assessment Report on Wednesday, according to industry sources.

Queensland Health are in charge of releasing the report, which has taken 22 months to compile, four months longer than originally planned.

There will also be two public information sessions and one invite-only information session held the following day, Thursday, August 5.

Questions to Queensland Health yesterday regarding if Gladstone region residents will be able to read the report prior to the public information sessions, and what the key findings of the report were, went unanswered by time of print yesterday.

The CHAG project's purpose is to investigate local air quality concerns through air monitoring, modelling and analysis.

Gladstone Industry Leadership Group chief executive officer Kurt Heidecker confirmed the release date and information sessions.

“It will be good to get it out there and people discussing the contents of the report,” he said.

Mr Heidecker said the reference group, which includes industry and community representatives, would meet for a presentation on Wednesday.

“It will give the community guys a chance to ask any questions,” he said.

“I'm really looking at the overall assessment of Queensland Health's. It's the health risk assessment.”

Mr Heidecker said he was interested in Queensland Health's interpretation of the Department of Environment and Resource Management's air monitoring and the risk to people's health.

“If Gladstone residents are concerned or have any questions in relation to the air quality in this region, this is the opportunity for them to raise those at the public information sessions and resolve them,” he said.

Mr Heidecker said the key was getting it all out on the table and work through them.

The public information sessions will be held at The Grand Hotel on Thursday, in the function rooms, from noon to 1pm and then again from 6pm to 7pm.

Gladstone Regional councillors, members of parliament and other community leaders were expected to be at the invitation-only session.

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