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Burn Brighter this Winter Previous Programs

Burn Brighter this Winter 2012

The community education project Burn Brighter this Winter was conducted during winter 2012 in the West Hobart and East/South Launceston focus areas. Project highlights include: 

  • Over 1300 letters and information packages sent to households.
  • 10 mobile air quality monitoring surveys conducted by EPA Tasmania staff.
  • The deployment of a temporary air quality monitoring station in the West Hobart area.
  • 18 Smoke identification surveys conducted by Hobart City Council EHO Officers.
  • 19 Smoke identification surveys conducted by Launceston City Council EHO Officers (10 in conjunction with EPA Tasmania staff)​.

Although the air quality data do not demonstrate any overall improvement in air quality in either focus area, our surveys show that the vast majority (89%) of residents identified as having a smoky chimney modified their behaviour to improve their emissions.

Hobart
Launceston
Number of individual houses identified as having a smoky chimney
44
18
​Number of individual houses identified as having a smoky chimney more than once
16
10
Number of individual house identified as having a smoky chimney more than twice
8
5
Number of individual houses identified as having a smoky chimney more than three times
5
4​

 

Reports on Burn Brighter this Winter 2012 Program are available here:

Burn Brighter this Winter 2013

 

The community education project Burn Brighter this Winter was conducted during winter 2013 in the Geeveston and Hadspen ​focus areas.​ Project highlights include:

  • Over 1000 information packages sent to households.
  • 14 mobile air quality monitoring surveys conducted by EPA Tasmania staff.
  • Presentations at the LGAT Conference, Geeveston Primary School, Hadspen Primary School and the Wayraparattee Community Centre (Geeveston).

The air quality data demonstrate an improvement in air quality in the Geeveston focus area and a reduction in excessive plumes from identified residences. The results in Hadspen are less conclusive, although some reduction in visible plumes was identified.

Geeveston
Hadspen
Number of individual houses identified as having an excessively smoky chimney
30
​32
Number of these houses showing an improvement after receiving education through the Burn Brighter this Winter Project
16
7​​

 

Reports on phase two of the Burn Brighter this Winter project are available here:

Burn Brighter this Winter - 2013 Project Report

Burn Brighter this Winter 2014

The community education project Burn Brighter this Winter was conducted during winter 2014 in the Longford focus area.​​ A report on the 2014 project in Longford is available here.

The Burn Brighter this Winter 2014 Project focussed on building awareness of air quality issues within the Longford Township and highlighting the contribution that wood heater emissions make to poor air quality in many Tasmanian communities.

Officers from EPA Tasmania conducted a number of surveys in the area to monitor air quality and quantify smoke concentrations throughout the township. A number of public information stalls were held to provide residents with an opportunity to discuss air quality issues with members of the Burn Brighter team and learn some useful tips to improve the operation of their wood heaters.  The results of the project are available here.



Air Specialist
134 Macquarie Street
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 4599 Fax: 03 6173 0254
Email: Enquiries@epa.tas.gov.au