Port Hedland Dust Taskforce Port Hedland Air Quality www.dsd.wa.gov.au/PHDTF and Noise Management Plan Fact Sheet 1 Overview The Port Hedland Air Quality and The Port Hedland Air Quality and Industry’s role – the Port Hedland Noise Management Plan, along with Noise Management Plan will help Port Authority and exporters will the Western Australian Government’s manage these impacts, reduce continue implementing new and Pilbara Cities project, will help risks to residents, ensure that the better technology and practices ensure that Port Hedland continues town continues to grow and give to manage and monitor dust and its development as a major regional the West End a new lease of life. noise emissions (see Fact Sheet 5). centre and an attractive place to live, work and invest. What is the plan? Governance – The Port Hedland Air Quality and Noise Management It provides a strategy for future Health risk management – Plan clearly allocates land use that balances the interests the Department of Health will responsibility for implementing, of Port Hedland residents and continue to review environmental monitoring and enforcing businesses with the export industries health information, and assess regulatory standards, land use which are vital to the town and to and advise on risks (see Fact Sheet 2). planning and industry initiatives Western Australia. (see Fact Sheet 6). The Plan sets goals and allocates Environmental management – the responsibilities for managing the plan recommends a maximum Who made this plan? impact of dust and noise on people allowable level of dust. The The Port Hedland Dust and property, and for monitoring and Department of Environment Management Taskforce was managing dust and noise levels. and Conservation will work with established by the Western industry to develop an integrated Australian Government in 2009 air monitoring network and noise Why have a plan? management controls to keep to develop a comprehensive The plan for Port Hedland’s future approach to managing dust and the community informed and accommodates its increasing protected (see Fact Sheet 3). noise, improving air quality and importance to Western Australia, both managing impacts. as a regional population centre, and Land use – the Town of Port as one of the biggest resource export Hedland and the Department of The Taskforce, which reports ports in the world. Planning will implement planning to the Premier, includes guidelines and building standards representatives of: The town of Port Hedland and the that favour development of port have co-existed for more than • the Town of Port Hedland; the West End for short-term 100 years. Since the 1960s when bulk accommodation and non- • the Port Hedland Port export of iron ore exports began, dust residential purposes. Authority; and noise have become an issue. In • iron ore exporters including recent years, the volume of iron ore Future residential, schools and BHP Billiton Iron Ore, FMG and exports from Port Hedland increased aged care facility development will Hancock Iron Ore; and and further expansions are planned be focussed at the eastern end of or underway. Port Hedland (see Fact Sheet 4). • Government agencies including Health, Planning, and While there is no clear scientific A development plan for Port Environment and Conservation. evidence of increased health risks Hedland’s long term growth as from Port Hedland dust, long term a vibrant, sustainable regional It is chaired by the Department of exposure to excessive dust can community will be delivered, as State Development. potentially have health impacts and part of the Government’s Pilbara excessive noise is disruptive to life Cities vision. The Western Australian and work. Government has approved the This plan will revitalise the plan and the Port Authority and Industry growth increases the commercial life of the West End ten port users have formed the likelihood of dust and noise impacts, and encourage future residential Port Hedland Industries Council mainly on the West End, Port and community growth in the East to deliver industry cooperation in Hedland’s traditional heart. End and South Hedland. implementing it.