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Station overview—West Mackay

Location of West Mackay

Map marker is indicative only. It does not reflect the exact location of the station.
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Established in 1997, the West Mackay station measures the impact of particles from agricultural burning on residential areas in the region.

The station was originally located in a light industrial area in West Mackay until May 2012, but is now on the western outskirts of Mackay, closer to the agricultural areas.

Monitoring period
1 January 2000–
Parameters monitored
  • Particle PM10
  • Particle PM2.5
  • Visibility
  • Temperature
  • Wind direction
  • Wind speed

Current measurements at 5am 13 July 2020

Air quality
ParameterAir quality indexMeasurementRunning average
Particle PM1027very good16.2µg/m³13.5µg/m³ (24hr avg)
Particle PM2.521very good6.4µg/m³5.3µg/m³ (24hr avg)
Visibility8very good18Mm⁻¹18Mm⁻¹ (1hr avg)
Wind direction238deg
Wind speed1.4m/s

Legend to air quality index colours about index values

  • Very good 0–33
  • Good 34–66
  • Fair 67–99
  • Poor 100–149
  • Very poor >150

None of the data is validated (0% validated, 0/6 records)

About air quality index values

Our scientists create an air quality index by converting measured pollutant concentrations into index values which make it easier to interpret air quality data by reducing the complexity associated with pollutant concentrations.

The index value is the pollutant concentration expressed as a proportion of the National Environment Protection Measure for Ambient Air Quality (Air NEPM) standard or the Environmental Protection (Air) Policy 2008 (Air EPP) objective.

More information about air quality index.

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Last updated
3 December 2019
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