The federal representative for Lynne,
Independent Rob Oakeshott spoke out against fracking coal seam gas and coal
mining in Gloucester.
2012 - 2011 -
Water Trigger -
Gloucester BioRegion - Hunter Valley health
The following are Mr Oakeshott's press
releases on Hunter Valley health concerns.
OAKESHOTT RAISES GLOUCESTER BASIN HEALTH CONCERNS IN FEDERAL
21 June 2010 - THE comparatively higher rates of respiratory and cardiovascular
issues in the Upper Hunter region have been raised in the federal parliament by
the Independent MP for Lyne Robert Oakeshott.
“This is now a moral, legal and political policy challenge for both the State
and Federal Governments right now,” said Mr Oakeshott.
“Population health should take priority over all other considerations, and if we
have a problem, we must address it now.
“The NSW Government has this week confirmed that „there are higher than average
rates of some conditions such as respiratory and cardiovascular problems in the
region as a whole.‟
“So whilst they are not directly drawing the link to mining activity yet, I find
it very difficult to believe there are more smokers, or some other „left field‟
reason that would distort this population health evidence that is now public,”
said Mr Oakeshott.
Attached are both statements put by Mr Oakeshott to both the House of
Representatives and separately to Minister Garrett.
Air quality concerns raised in Parliament (PDF)
Air Quality Gloucester Basin
OAKESHOTT SEEKS EXPANSION OF HUNTER AIR QUALITY STUDY INTO
05 May 2010 - INDEPENDENT MP for Lyne Robert Oakeshott has sought an expansion
of the recently-announced air quality study in the Hunter Valley to include the
Gloucester Basin, following a meeting with the community group Gloucester
Residents in Partnership (GRIP).
Mr Oakeshott said he had written to NSW Health Minister Carmel Tebbutt today
after hearing the residents’ concerns about air quality in their region.
“The community sentiment about increased mining activity in the Gloucester basin
is clearly one that needs better attention,” Mr Oakeshott said.
“Monitoring of air quality within the region would assist in making sure any
community concerns are based on fact and where issues emerge, they can then be
addressed in a clear, factual way.”
Mr Oakeshott said a recent Four Corners program on air quality in the town of
Singleton, as well as years of local community pressure, had seen NSW Health
agree to do a full air monitoring study to assess whether air quality was an
issue and, if so, what steps could be taken.
“As the Hunter-New England Area Health Service, along with the Hunter Division
of GPs, will be helping coordinate the Singleton study, I think it would be of
value to include the communities of the Gloucester basin in the same survey and
trials,” Mr Oakeshott said.
“I therefore look forward to a comprehensive response from the Health Minister,
and hopefully a positive one to this request.”
POPULATION HEALTH RESULTS A DEEP CONCERN: OAKESHOTT
11 June 2010 - CONFIRMATION from the NSW Government that respiratory problems
are comparatively higher in the Upper Hunter region suggests a major legal,
moral, and political policy crisis for all levels of government, Independent MP
for Lyne Robert Oakeshott said today.
“The NSW Government has this week confirmed “there are higher than average rates
of some conditions such as respiratory and cardiovascular problems in the region
as a whole.” Mr Oakeshott said.
“Both the NSW and federal governments, and both sides of party politics, are
arguing for an expansion of mining in the Upper Hunter. Yet population health
research is now suggesting this rapid expansion to date could be having a
negative impact on health standards within the region.
“The issue was recently identified by an ABC Four Corners program focusing on
the Singleton community, and with the redistribution of the seat of Lyne, I have
had a lot of community feedback from the new part of the electorate, the
Gloucester basin, where mining activity and gas extraction is expanding at a
“Only today, the same day I received the letter from the NSW Government
confirming the results of their population health work to date, I received a
media release from the Gloucester Residents in Partnership (GRIP), who are
increasingly concerned about the loss of amenity, loss of health, and general
loss of community due to the economic dominance of mining in public policy
“What the NSW Government has now confirmed is that there is a problem in
population health in the Hunter region.
“The legal, moral and political questions that now need to be answered are; „why
is there a problem?‟, and more importantly, „what are they going to do about
this problem?‟,” Mr Oakeshott said.
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