26 September 2023

Canberrans encouraged to burn better

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Canberrans using wood heaters and firepits are being encouraged to help keep the city’s air clean by burning better this winter.

Leading the call, Minister for the Environment Rebecca Vassarotti said wood heater and firepit owners could take simple steps to reduce air pollution, improve heating efficiency and protect the environment this winter.

“All Canberrans should be able to breathe freely,” Ms Vassarotti said.

“Throughout most of the year, we have excellent air quality here in the ACT,” she said.

“This does not excuse us from needing to address the challenges that higher levels of air pollution during winter pose for some members of our community.

“Environmental protection and social justice are interconnected, and the choices we make as a community to protect one another are integral to supporting the most vulnerable in our city.”

Ms Vassarotti said there were a few simple steps everyone could take to reduce smoke from their wood heaters, make them more efficient and save money.

She said Canberrans could make a difference by opting for dry and well-seasoned wood obtained from a trusted firewood supplier.

“This simple choice will lead not only to a substantial reduction in smoke emissions but also enhanced efficiency and longer-lasting warmth,” the Minister said.

“Making this choice also protects our parks and reserves from illegal wood harvesting,” she said.

“Our native species rely on trees and fallen logs for habitat, so removing them can have a devastating impact on the ecosystem.”

Ms Vassarotti said another important measure was for Canberrans to have their wood heaters serviced and cleaned by a professional before the winter season.

“This will not only help to minimize smoke emissions but also to mitigate fire safety risks.”

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