Cockburn Area Air Monitoring Plan

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) continues to respond to complaints relating to dust and odours impacting the suburbs of Munster, Beeliar and Yangebup in the City of Cockburn.

To further investigate, we have begun the Cockburn Area Air Monitoring Plan – which will run until May this year. This Plan will help us identify where dust and odours are coming from, contributing weather conditions, who is being impacted and to what extent. The below four Programs will be carried out under this Plan.

  • Click here to view the Media Statement
  • Click here to view the FAQs on this Plan

Community Odour and Dust Monitoring Program

We are establishing a group of community volunteers from the area of interest presented in the map below to report odour or dust impacts when they are experienced or witnessed. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please register at one of our three initial briefings – where we will explain the purpose of the Program and what will be required from you.

This initial briefing is dedicated for people who expressed their interest in being a volunteer for this program. 

If more than one person per household wishes to be part of the program, each person must register as an individual volunteer and provide their own contact details.

Initial briefings will be held from 6-7.30pm on 5, 7 and 11 March 2019 at the AMC Jakovich Centre on the corner of McGrath and Russell Roads in Henderson.

Please register your interest before COB 1 March by:

  • emailing (with Community Odour and Dust Monitoring Program in the subject line, and provide your name, phone number, full address and email address); or
  • telephoning Philippe Najean on 6364 7333.

If you cannot attend one of these briefings but would like to participate, please contact us (using the contact details above) and we will arrange a separate initial briefing for you.

For this Program to be successful and provide us with useful information, a sufficient number of community volunteers spread across the area shown in the below map will be required.

  • Click here to view the Community Letter
  • Click here to view FAQs on this Program

Community Odour and Dust Monitoring Program in the area of Cockburn.

DWER Odour Patrol Program

This involves Departmental officers patrolling the area to identify any odour impacts and their sources. These patrols will be guided by meteorological conditions.

  • Click here to view FAQs on this Program

Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) Program

DWER has installed a LiDAR unit and particle monitors (two Tapered Element Oscillating Microbalances and one Beta Attenuation Monitor), designed to assess the origin and pathway of airborne dust. As per DWER’s previous LiDAR programs at Cape Lambert, Port Hedland and Mandogalup, the LiDAR and particle monitor recordings will be live-streamed on the department’s website here during the program. Please note, the LiDAR ‘live stream’ will be unavailable for one week (13 - 20 March) due to LiDAR testing. We are extending the Program by one-week to account for this. The monitoring program live-feed is available here

  • Click here to view the LiDAR factsheet
  • Click here to view FAQs on this program

DWER Dust Sampling Program

This involves placing a small number of dust sampling units in the area to collect dust for analysis to determine source/s.

  • Click here to view FAQs on this program