Pipelines and health

The issue

Nancy Bird-Walton International Airport in Western Sydney is to open in 2027. The economic potential of the airport and its aerotropolis have been spruiked since its first announcement. The health and social dimensions, however, have received less attention.

For the near foreseeable future, passenger and cargo aircraft require (A1 Jet) fuel. This fuel needs to be transported from its main port and storage facilities to the new airport, where further storage will be required to eventually refuel aircraft. The technicalities of this process are relatively straightforward.

Deloitte was asked to provide an analysis for the options to get fuel from Botany Bay and through the existing national pipeline network to the new airport. Their finding was that until the late 2030s it was more cost-efficient to truck the fuel across Greater Sydney. There are several issues with the fact that this recommendation seems to have been adopted by the relevant authorities. First, it does not take into account what collateral health and social effects of an increase in truck traffic would be. Second, it assumes a pipeline can still be built by the time it is needed; however, by that time the aerotropolis will surround the airport and pipeline construction may not be feasible anymore.

The project

A proper scoping (e.g., for or through an (equity-focused) Health Impact Assessment) of the various alternatives of fuel transport to the new airport is required. This could take various forms, including a literature review and grey literature analysis. Some deeper detective work and interviews with stakeholders may be required. The output of the project will be one or more peer-reviewed publications.

Contacts

Evelyne de Leeuw or Alana Crimeen

“We are not in the aviation business, we are in the mobility business”

An article on CHETRE’s Healthy Airports was published in the Inside Story – “We are not in the aviation business, we are in the mobility business”
(12 Nov 2018, by Melissa Sweet).

Read the full article -> https://insidestory.org.au/we-are-not-in-the-aviation-business-we-are-in-the-mobility-business/

CHETRE Presentations – Winter/Spring 2017

CHETRE staff have presented work at a number of international conferences in Winter and Spring of 2017. The projects and details about the conferences are listed below.

Projects

 

Western Sydney Airport:

Presenting the findings of a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) conducted through a partnerships between UNSW, South Western Sydney Local Health District, and Western Sydney Community Forum. The HIA was based on stakeholder engagement around the proposed Western Sydney Airport. The HIA produced a set of recommended changes to how ongoing community engagement is conducted in Western Sydney to increase the potential health benefits of the process. These recommendations could be adapted to other large infrastructure projects.

 

 

Wollondilly Shire Council:

The Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation (CHETRE) in partnership with a Local Health District (SWSLHD), and Wollondilly Shire Council (WSC) has worked to identify ways of integrating health into Council policy and planning. The project identified three approaches (1) integrating a health vision in high level policy documents, (2) creating a health assessment policy that identifies at what points and how health can be considered in planning and policy making, and (3) establishing a joint health/ council position.

Conference Presentations

The 14th Annual International Conference on Urban Health (ICUH) this year focused on Health Equity, bringing together researchers, professionals and clinicians from diverse fields . This conference examined urban health from multiple perspectives, and invited participants to engage with the UN sustainable development goals. The week commenced with two days of workshops, and continued with a wide range of presentations including plenary sessions, panel presentations and posters.
Location: Coimbra, Portugal
Dates: 25-29 September 2017

Western Sydney Airport HIA Poster

Suggested citation: Hirono, K., Haigh, F., Jaques, K., de Leeuw, E., Crimeen, A., Fletcher-Lartey, S., Millen, E., Calalang, C., & Harris-Roxas, B. (2017, September) Improving community engagement in aerotropolis development to promote health. Poster presented at the 14th International Conference on Urban Health, Coimbra, Portugal.

Wollondilly Shire Council Poster

Suggested citation: Hirono, K., Haigh, F., Jaques, K., Crimeen, A., Whitten, C., Beer, M., Harris-Roxas, B., & De Leeuw, E. (2017, September). Integrating health into planning: A collaborative approach to creating healthier spaces. Poster presented at the 14th International Conference on Urban Health, Coimbra, Portugal.

 

The Society of Practitioners of Health Impact Assessment (SOPHIA) Workshop provided a unique opportunity for current practitioners of Health Impact Assessment to participate in strategic field building. The workshop was uniquely structured around small working groups, with additional presentations and a keynote panel.
Location: Washington, DC
Date: 2-3 October 2017

Western Sydney Airport HIA Presentation

Suggested citation: Using health impact assessment to increase wellbeing through improved stakeholder engagement in the Western Sydney Airport. Hirono K, Haigh F, Fletcher-Lartey S, Millen E, Calalang C, Jaques K, Harris-Roxas B, De Leeuw E. SOPHIA Practitioners Conference 2017, Washington Dc, 02 Oct 2017 – 03 Oct 2017

Wollondilly Shire Council Presentation

Suggested citation: Integrating health into planning: A collaborative approach to creating healthier spaces. Hirono K, Haigh F, Jaques K, Crimeen A, Whitten C, Beer M, Harris-Roxas B, De Leeuw E. SOPHIA Practitioner Conference 2017, Washington DC, 02 Oct 2017 – 03 Oct 2017


You can read the full Western Sydney Airport HIA report here: Is Anyone Listening? Western Sydney Airport HIA Report
You can read the full Wollondilly Shire Council report here: Wollondilly Health Integration Report