Smoke pollution: no cash back subsidy for Bathurst

There’s a winter smoke haze that hangs over Bathurst, yet city residents don’t qualify for cash back subsidies paid under a woodheater replacement program.
Nanjing Night Net

Bathurst’s smoke pollution is not regarded as bad compared to half a dozen towns where a pilot heater replacement program is being run at Orange, Lithgow, Blue Mountains, Tamworth and Cooma.

NSW and Tasmanian both have buy back programs offering incentives to upgrade from older-style woodheaters and open fires to cleaner forms of home heating.

But, both States exclude the efficient woodheaters that meet Australian standards for minimal pollution levels, much to the concern of the Australian Home Heating Association.

The association’s national chairman Paul Beaton said 9500 people’s livelihoods are being put at risk by woodheater replacement programs which cast doubt over the long-term future of woodheating in Australia.

Mr Beaton said 1.5 million Australian households still use firewood heating.

The buy back scheme has damaged confidence, caused confusion and concern among consumers, he said.

Full story in the Western Advocate.

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