Oxenford air quality monitoring project
In late 2019, community members reported concerns about environmental and health impacts of dust in Oxenford.
As a result, the department commenced an investigation into air quality to identify potential risks to the community.
Quarry operators in the area provided their dust monitoring data. The department reviewed this data and found no signals of environmental or health risk to the neighbouring community.
The department recognises that community members are still concerned about potential health impacts. To respond to these concerns, the department launched its own 12-month air quality monitoring project, commencing in April 2020.
Air quality monitoring methodology
The department is undertaking three types of monitoring at Oxenford:
- dust deposition (dust nuisance);
- the presence of respirable crystalline silica (RCS); and
- real-time monitoring (RTM) of air quality.
The department works with its air quality specialists to carefully select monitoring locations. Locations are determined to try and understand the exposure to the community from potential sources.
The department collects dust samples and sends these to a laboratory for independent analysis. This analysis provides the department with information about dust composition, which can be used to help identify the source of the dust. See interim results .
Respirable crystalline silica (RCS)
The department collects monitoring information to determine the extent of crystalline silica in the air. Air standards are based on an annual average, so instrumentation needs to be in place for a minimum of 12 months. See interim results .
Real-time monitoring (RTM)
The department ran a trial to collect air quality data in real time between April and September 2020. Results of this trial provided indicative results of local air quality during this period. The purpose was also to ensure our compliance officers had information in real time on any issues. See results from the real-time monitoring trial .
How long is the monitoring going for?
The department will continue to collect dust deposition and RCS data for a minimum of 12 months (April 2020 – April 2021). This will allow us to see any seasonal variations in air quality. If the department finds consistent elevated levels or community risk, it will conduct further investigations.
The department expects to provide community members with the results of the monitoring project in mid-2021.
Further information and resources
Learn more about the project in the Frequently asked questions .
Report environmental nuisance
Community reports play a vital role in helping the department respond to, and investigate, the source of an issue in a timely manner.
You can report environmental nuisance (e.g. noise, dust, odour) using one of the options below:
- Online—submit an odour nuisance report via https://odourreporting.des.qld.gov.au
- Phone—call 1300 130 372 (option 2)—24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Email—email@example.com providing as much information as possible.
Detailed air quality monitoring data is also available from the following sources:
- Queensland Government live air quality data service—provides continuous PM10, sulfur dioxide and heavy metals monitoring data and is updated hourly.
- Monthly air quality bulletins—provides continuous and daily (one day in six days) total suspended particulates (including metal content) data. The bulletins are available two months after the end of the reporting month.
- Queensland Government’s Open Data portal.