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February 27, 2021

Sportsfields near highway ‘unhealthy’

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Not wanting to be critical of the well-meaning community members that have lobbied hard and long to give the Ocean Shores community their long-awaited sportsfields, but I find it hard to understand, given that we have a shire council which has green consciousness and a community that is mostly environmentally aware, that they would put a sportsfield, a place to promote health and fun for all, right beside a highway.

Highways, with all their harmful chemical pollution, have been confirmed in studies in many countries throughout the world as a health hazard.

The fallout from highways is at its densest within 30 metres from the highway and is harmful to health half a kilometre away.

The position of the sportsfield at Lot 5 Shara Boulevard is just across the road from the highway.

I understand that the council has been under pressure to resolve this issue of a sporting facility for the north of the shire and yes, the land was inexpensive, but in the euphoria of getting the land and chasing the dream, hasn’t sport, equalling health, been overlooked?

For more information on this topic visit  www.ehjournal.net (the European Journal of Medical Research).

Kenneth Enstone, Billinudgel


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