Simon Corbell has announced there will be no wood fired heating in the new Suburbs of Molonglo (Wright excepted) on air quality grounds:
“While the 2011 Air Quality Report highlights the excellent air quality in Canberra, annual monitoring has identified that smoke from domestic wood heaters is the most significant source of air pollution in Canberra,” Mr Corbell said.
“This year?s report shows four breaches of the reporting standard, which occurred in the months of May and July 2011, during the colder months because of wood heater emissions.
“The ACT Government monitors air quality in order to ensure that the health and wellbeing of Canberrans is maintained and the results of the air monitoring are published each year via an annual report.
“Following a planning study of the air quality impacts associated with the development of the Molonglo Valley, wood heaters will be prohibited in this area, excluding the suburb of Wright. Similar restrictions are already successfully operating in Dunlop and East O?Malley.”
Greens are happy, ActewAGL is happy, who cares about anything else?
[Pictured is the blazing fire at The Wolf’s Lair, which since we switched from “teepee” lighting to “log cabin” style produces almost no smoke at all]