Applications to participate in the Air Quality Community Consultative Committee are now closed. NorthConnex will be in touch with all applicants in the coming weeks. Thank you to everyone who expressed interest in being part of the committee.

Applications will be assessed by a panel comprised of Roads and Maritime Services, NorthConnex Project Company, a probity consultant and an Independent Chairperson.

The committee will be established mid-2017 and will operate for a period of up to two years from the opening of NorthConnex in 2019.

The committee will provide a forum for open dialogue between the Project and representatives of the local community, stakeholder groups and local councils on air quality and monitoring. 

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Background

As part of the Conditions of Approval for NorthConnex, an Air Quality Community Consultative Committee (AQCCC) will be established. This Committee will include three representatives from the community as approved by the Secretary.

The project must establish a minimum of six air quality monitors; two near each ventilation outlet, one along Pennant Hills Road and one ambient air quality reference. These monitors must be in operation 12 months before tunnel operation and remain for at least two years after tunnel opening.

NorthConnex established five air monitoring stations within the project corridor in late 2013 to inform the comprehensive air quality assessment carried out for the Environmental Impact Statement and the Submissions and Preferred Infrastructure Report. These stations recorded weather data and ambient background air quality levels as well as air quality near Pennant Hills Road. These stations are no longer required and were removed mid 2015 because future monitoring stations will be established as per the Conditions of Approval and in consultation with the AQCCC. This is standard practice for tunnel projects.