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Read moreRead moreThe Queensland government is asking the public to help it to develop an air quality strategy to help reduce pollution in the state’s capital, Brisbane.
Key points:Environment Minister Tim Mander said the strategy would include public educationThe strategy will be presented to the state government on Monday morningThe strategy is expected to include the use of more than 100 sensors and devices to monitor the city’s air qualityThe strategy has been developed in consultation with the City of Brisbane, the State Government and other stakeholdersThe Queensland Government has been working with a group of community and environmental groups to develop the strategy.
The strategy involves using more than a hundred sensors and air quality monitors to monitor air quality, and a number of different devices to measure the levels of nitrogen dioxide and fine particulate matter.
“This strategy is a comprehensive strategy for reducing the pollution in Brisbane,” Environment Minister Tim Marter said.
“The plan will include public health messages, community outreach and other information to inform the public and to inform our health professionals.”
In addition, this strategy will include measures to ensure the safety of Brisbane’s residents and visitors, including the implementation of a smoke-free public event at all events.
“Mr Marter was speaking to reporters on Monday after visiting the Queensland Environment Agency’s (QEA) air quality monitoring centre in Brisbane.”
There is a big amount of information we are gathering, and we want to be as transparent as we can,” he said.
He said the plan would be presented next Monday morning to the Queensland Government.”
What we are doing with the strategy is we are working with the city of Brisbane to develop a plan for the use and deployment of this data, to assist with the implementation, the monitoring and the analysis of this information,” he added.
The plan includes a number more devices to help detect air quality levels in the city.
It will include a total of about 100 sensors, including a combination of cameras and infrared sensors.”
These devices are going to be put into service over the next year, and then we are looking at what the impacts will be,” Mr Marter explained.”
We are looking into the possibility of an annual pilot project where we are deploying the sensors at a number, a number and a variety of different locations around the city.
“The plan also includes public education campaigns, including leaflets being distributed in schools, a series of videos on social media and a public art project.”
Some of these devices, like these infrared sensors, are going into schools and at a small number of schools,” Mr Mander explained.
The City of London also recently developed its own strategy, which is designed to help cities reduce their air quality.
Read MoreThe city of London, which has a population of about 6 million, has introduced a number a strategies to reduce its air pollution, including installing more sensors and measures to reduce pollution.
It has also partnered with a number universities to improve air quality in the capital.”
It is a city that has achieved a lot of success in reducing pollution, and so we are very excited about the future,” Mr Maier said.
But while the Queensland government will be working with other government agencies to develop its strategy, Mr Mener said it was also keen to work with other states and territories.”
So that is something that we are keen to do, as well, so we can work with all of our partners and the Queensland community,” he explained.
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