DPIE has 86 air monitors statewide but none on the Mid North Coast

Following our story on Monday regarding the health impacts of bushfire smoke inhalation, the Guardian News asked the DPIE (Department of Planning, Industry and Environment) about air quality monitoring here on the Mid North Coast.

A Departmental spokesman said DPIE had 86 monitors across NSW, the country's leading air quality monitoring network, and was working to broaden this into more regional areas, in consultation with local councils.

"On the North Coast we are working to identify the best location for monitoring and hope to have a site established by the end of 2020," he said.

"On 28 July 2019, DPIE installed temporary incident air quality monitoring in the Port Macquarie region in response to the Lindfield Park fire. The project was lead by NSW Health and the EPA.

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