Originally appeared in Footscray Star Star on .

BY NATALIE GALLENTI
BRIMBANK Council has vowed to continue its battle to transform Brooklyn into an employment hub and one of the leading economic suburbs in Melbourne’s West.
The commitment comes in the wake of a report from the Environment Protection Authority commending the council for its work in helping to reduce the levels of dust experienced in the industrial area.
EPA’s pollution response manager Richard Marks said a robust commitment from local businesses and Brimbank Council, combined with the EPA’s presence to enforce compliance, led to significant decreases in dust levels.
“Combined with weather forecasting and EPA information, the council has been proactive in getting out and implementing a range of maintenance measures designed to reduce dust,” Mr Marks said.
EPA statistics revealed there had been fewer days of poor air quality caused by dust in the last year than in all the years of monitoring.
However, Mr Marks warned that more action was required and the EPA would continue to promote awareness of the ongoing effect of unsealed roads and the need for preventative maintenance to local industry and councils.
Brimbank Council administrator Meredith Sussex said the council would continue to work with businesses and the EPA to ensure amenity of the area continues to improve.
“We want Brooklyn recognised at a state and local level as economically important to the West,” Ms Sussex said.