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EPA seeks local environmental champions for Hunter group

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The NSW EPA is on the lookout for passionate local environmental champions to join the newly-formed Hunter Environment Advisory Group (HEAG).

The latest association’s set to replace the Upper Hunter Air Quality Advisory and Newcastle Community Consultative committees.

It will advise the EPA on existing, new and emerging environmental matters such as air quality; the operation of the air quality monitoring networks; industry and general environmental matters; and provide expertise to guide education and communication.

EPA acting director of operations Claire Miles said the HEAG would play a crucial role in influencing and contributing to the future of the Hunter.

“We are evolving the two groups to broaden the scope and increase collaboration across the Hunter and Newcastle areas,” she explained.

“This responds to feedback from both of the groups’ previous members.

“We are looking for people who want to step up to guide environmental policies and initiatives towards sustainable development.

“We know residents of Newcastle and the Hunter are passionate about their environment in a region where industry, natural wonders and vibrant communities coexist.

“So, we’re seeking applications from those who are linked into their community.

“We’d like people who can represent their community or local industries and be willing to share updates from the EPA back to their respective areas.

“This is your chance to collaborate with like-minded individuals and experts, influence decisions that shape the region’s environmental future, advocate for sustainable practices and conservation efforts, and participate in valuable discussions and projects.”

Expressions of interest for nominations are open from now until 20 November.

For further information on the Hunter Environment Advisory Group, visit the NSW EPA website.

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