What health effects will your proposal have on us PACIFIC NATIONAL?
Pacific National's intermodal plan for Little River comes with an unacceptable risk to health
Exposure to high levels of diesel particulate, silica dust, PM10, CO, NO2, SO2 - all known carcinogens - this is the impact Pacific National's outrageous & underhand rail intermodal proposal for Little River will have on our health & wellbeing.
As important as our mental health (which is pretty much in the toilet thanks to the bullying behaviour of Pacific National) our physical health outcomes will also be dire. In all seriousness, we're talking cancer-causing bad.
We're just a small town that doesn't have $3 billion dollars to spend on fancy schmancy consultants (here's looking at you Aecom, Capire, Redbridge et al), so we're still gathering important data on their plan to introduce unacceptable levels of toxins to our natural & residential environment, which, it is no exaggeration to say, could cause disease & premature death amongst locals.
Here's the start of a list of all the health impacts Little River residents can expect to face if Pacific National continue with their community (& life) destroying plan.
Pacific National's overpaid consultants at Aecom call these yellow dots 'sensitive receptors'.
We call them peoples homes.
Here's the problem.
Pacific National's rail intermodal at Little River is pretty much smack bang in the middle of town. There's plenty of open space in Melbourne's west, but hey, the overpaid consultants have decided it's fine to expose over 1400 people, many of them children, to known carcinogens during construction & throughout the decades-long operation of the intermodal.
From their own report, written by Aecom way back in May 2023 (when they were still telling us not to worry) all of us are within reach of daily, ongoing cancer-causing pollutants. Even the Little River Primary School.
Hey, Pacific National, here's what your intermodal will do to the people of Little River...
We don't need to be no scientists to know the lovely people at Aecom consulting, who were no doubt paid a motza to green light the poisoning of a whole community, have listed a deadly cocktail of pollutants & toxins.
And note the Commercial in Confident at the top - another red flag on the hill of Pacific National's underhand, disgustingly dirty tactics to keep us in the dark.
And here's what Pacific National will be subjecting the people of Little River to...
2020 Paper. 10.1016/b978-0-12-814694-1.00007-5
Traffic emission impacts on child health and well-being: Children from infancy to the age of 14 are especially susceptible to the health effects of traffic emissions due to their rapidly developing immune, neurologic, and lung systems and high ventilation rates.
2018 article in BMJ. 10.1136/bmjpo-2017-000210
Diesel, children and respiratory disease: Air pollution generated in urban areas is a global public health burden since half of the world's population live in either cities, megacities or periurban areas.
2012 Paper - 10.1080/15567031003716709
The Harmful Effects of Diesel Engine Exhaust Emissions; Diesel engine emissions adversely affect human health and are becoming a permanent problem.