WESTLEA resident Carol Jamieson wants wood heaters banned or home owners who use them forced to pay a special levy.
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Ms Jamieson said she believes wood heaters are not only bad for the environment but they’re also a health hazard for the entire community.
As a sufferer of multiple chemical sensitivity, Ms Jamieson said the smoke from the wood heaters make it impossible for her to spend time outside during the six months of the year when wood heaters are is use.
“It’s difficult for me to live in Orange at the moment, [actually) from mid April right through winter and into spring,” she said.
“I have problems even going for a walk.
“Whether people realise it or not, it’s a problem for everyone.”
Ms Jamieson said she knows the ambiance and comfort provided by a wood heater appeals to people but it’s an indulgence people who live in cities such as Orange shouldn’t be allowed.
“I think people’s first thought is to keep warm at the lowest possible cost, people may not even think they are adversely impacting on other people in the neighbourhood.”
Ms Jamieson said wood heaters should be regulated in the same way cigarette smoking is in order to ensure its usage doesn’t impact on others.
She’s also wants Orange City Council to regularly monitor the city’s air quality and she’d like someone to conduct an audit on how many wood heaters are in use in the city.
Mrs Jamieson said a levy on users could be used to pay for the monitoring and could also be used to help educate people about wood heater usage.
“Fresh air is not an optional extra.”
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