While changes in the planning system are welcome and needed, it is imperative that these changes foster improvements in the health and wellbeing of NSW residents, whom NSW legislation ultimately serves, and who stand to benefit from the state’s economic development. This submission reviews the White Paper’s potential to protect and improve health outcomes of current and future generations, and outlines the serious consequences of not fully considering the impacts of development on health in the new planning legislation.
In this submission DEA outline the health imperatives to reduce Australia’s emissions as quickly as possible, and therefore put a strong case for increasing Australia’s 2020 emissions reduction target from 5% to 25%.
Health is not merely the absence of disease, but requires clean air, safe food and water and ecosystem services in an environment conducive to physical and mental health. There is the potential for health to be affected by CSG directly and indirectly through chemical exposures, threats to food and water security and wider cumulative, psychological and social impacts.
The submission by Doctors for the Environment Australia to the EIS in December 2011 noted that “This EIS fails to assess the human health impacts adequately”. The SEIS also fails.
Our preliminary review of the water issues leaves us with concerns over the possibility of failures of saline water control, the potential for discharges to contain harmful hydrocarbons and the contribution of cumulative impacts of the many projects in the region.
Whilst Doctors for the Environment Australia addresses public health issues pertaining particularly to environmental causes of ill health, it is clear that good health exists within the wider context of sustainability and preservation of ecological support systems. On this basis we must make comment.
DEA is concerned that the Commission has not recognised the importance of protecting human health in its considerations. In our submission, we describe the need for improved regulatory outcomes and the risks associated with reforms that do not achieve this.
Doctors for the Environment Australia welcomes the opportunity to comment on the impacts on health of air quality in Australia, as this is an important public health issue to which inadequate attention has been paid to date.
In the Draft State Public Health Plan, the focus of the climate change priority must move from its current focus on adaptation to emphasize the urgency and priority of mitigation, with clear strategies outlined for various government and business groups.
Open-cut and underground coal mine with a yield of 60 million tonnes per annum (from 2022); and railway line. http://www.dlg.qld.gov.au/assessments-and-approvals/carmichael-coal-mine-and-rail-project.html
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