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Water or Coal Dust? It's Your Choice!


Not only is the Central Coasts' drinking water at risk of being lost forever, the health of Central Coast residents is at risk from coal dust blowing on the wind.

Kores (the mining company) will build a gigantic coal loader right next door to the largest urban growth area on the Central Coast - 2.4 kilometres from the proposed Warnervale Town Centre, 2.9 kilometres from Blue Haven, and close to Wyong Hospital and Lake Haven Shopping Centre.

Massive stock piles of coal will feed a rail loop of coal trucks seven days a week. Noise, dust and air pollution would become a way of life.

It would be doubtful that these coal trucks would operate during the day, because of the associated problems using the main northern rail line without disrupting passenger rail traffic. They would operate at night! Lifestyle and amenity would be continually disrupted.

Fine particles of coal dust travel very quickly over a large area with just the slightest breeze. Coal dust could reach all the way to Wyong (in the south) and beyond. Your suburb and health is at risk!

People who may be susceptible to the health effects of airborne coal dust are:

  • infants, children and adolescents

  • elderly

  • people with respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis and emphysema

  • people with heart disease

  • people with diabetes

The impact on your health from breathing in coal dust can be:

  • cough

  • wheeze, or worsening of asthma

  • increased need for medications (eg puffers, antibiotics)

  • increased breathlessness

High levels of Total Suspended Particulate Matter (TSP) may also cause coughing, sneezing and sore eyes.


Demand that the NSW State Government not allow COAL DUST to affect your health. Make your VOICE HEARD!


Express your concern and write immediately to Ms Kristina Keneally, Minister for Planning, Level 35, Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrar Place, Sydney, 2000.


Related Links

  Mine Dust and You - January 2006   

NSW Health Department

  Airborne Particulates - 2006

Environmental Protection Agency,
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service



  Air Quality - Dust Monitoring

Environment Defender's Office



  Environmental Health Concerns in the Hunter

Craig Dalton - Hunter Public Health Unit