Commending Future Sooner's citizens' inquiry into the health impacts of coal-fired power stations

Today in Parliament, Abigail passed a motion commending the advocacy of the community-led group, Future Sooner, in championing a clean and healthy future for the Central Coast and Lake Macquarie.

Abigail said:

I move: 

(1) That this House notes that:

  • Future Sooner, a community-led advocacy group committed to working towards a clean energy future for the Central Coast and Lake Macquarie, is conducting a Citizens Inquiry into health concerns arising from coal-fired power stations and will hold a public hearing on Sunday 25 August 2024 at Halekulani Bowling Club; 
  • the inquiry’s panellists, comprised of local professors, doctors and health professionals, will report on the stories presented by residents on the day or submitted in writing in relation to the impact on their health of contamination and pollution from coal-fired power stations and their ash dams;
  • the inquiry is requesting submissions and testimony from community members, particularly those who have been affected by health problems such as cancer, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other respiratory illnesses; and 
  • the inquiry will draw on the recommendations of the NSW Parliament Public Works Committee’s Inquiry into Costs for remediation of sites containing coal ash repositories, which made key recommendations in relation to the health impacts of coal ash dams in NSW and strategies to protect the health of local citizens.  

(2) That this House commends the work of Future Sooner and community members involved in advocating for a clean and healthy future for the Central Coast and Lake Macquarie. 


Read the transcript in Hansard here.

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