Yarra Ranges Shire residents can join a pilot community-led project that aims to reduce the impacts of smoke on human health. The 12-month project will:

  • feature presentations from speakers on smoke impacts on human health, as well as highlighting the reporting from our recent study (publication 1948)
  • aim to understand smoke's impacts on human health, including how to use wood heaters and burn wood safely at home
  • use data collected to make an EPA-supported, community-led action plan for reducing smoke’s impacts on human health.

Participants will join EPA in three workshops over 12 months. The workshops will focus on air quality and how it impacts human health.

You can find more information about air quality in the Yarra Ranges in Air quality in the Yarra Valley: a summary of the state of knowledge (publication 1948).

Contact Cass Bates at Citizen.Science@epa.vic.gov.au to join the project or get more information. 

How to become a citizen scientist

To join this or other projects, contact our Statewide Citizen Science Program Coordinator

Workshop 1

EPA’s citizen science team, in collaboration with the Yarra Ranges Shire Council, hosted the first workshop for this project on 24 March 2021 at the Montrose Town Centre. The session:

  • introduced the pilot project and discussed air quality and health in the Yarra Ranges Shire.
  • featured a presentation from EPA on air quality in the Yarra Ranges based on the report Air quality in the Yarra Valley: a summary of the state of knowledge.
  • explored perceptions of smoke and health impacts in the Shire and opportunities to address these.

Citizen scientists took part in discussions and shared information about their experience of smoke in the region.


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Reviewed 31 March 2021