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Meet the local man on ‘emission’ to reduce air pollution!

 

 

It only takes one person to inspire others and create positive change in their community.

For Springfield Rise residents, that person could be David Duindam – local physiotherapist and sustainability pursuer.

David is set to complete a Masters in Climate Policy and Sustainability from Curtin University later this month and is on a mission to inspire his fellow Springfield Rise residents to reduce their contribution to air pollution and overall carbon footprint.

“I am a Senior Physiotherapist at a fantastic local physio business and love my current role of helping people out of pain,” says David. “However, I was inspired to undertake this Masters as the science is clear, the climate crisis is the largest health threat globally (including Australia) and I am passionate about doing more to help solve complex, bigger picture sustainability issues to help wider population health.”

As part of David’s studies, he completed a research paper on local urban air pollution to find answers to what the average air pollution exposure is at street level in a typical suburban area in Greater Brisbane. This research saw David wear a portable air-quality monitoring device on daily commutes over an almost 11-month period. His dedication to his studies led him on a mission to inspire others in his local community about reducing air pollution.

“Reducing air pollution offers co-benefits to improve public health and help mitigate climate change,” says David. “In a local context, people can drive less to reduce their contribution to air pollution. If you or your family feel you need to purchase a vehicle, opt for as low emission as possible (e.g. electric or hybrid). Using less fuel will save money and contribute far less harm to our local air quality, as well as wider environmental and health issues.”

As a climate and health enthusiast, David certainly practices what he preaches. His daily commute to and from work sees him hitting the pavement rather than the accelerator and brakes of a car.

“I walk to work most days per week,” says David. “Our household only has one car - a plug-in electric vehicle - so virtually all our suburban driving is 100% electric, and we charge it during the day from our solar panels for free. If an electric vehicle is not viable for you, community cars, ride sharing,“go-get" vehicles and similar alternatives are a great way to use a vehicle for convenience as needed but not having to own it.”

If parting ways with your car is not an option for you, David has a few other easy ways your household can reduce their ecological footprint.

“Fly less, try and introduce more plant-based meals into your diet, and be a responsible consumer - and purchase good quality products from companies with active sustainability initiatives that avoid using virgin plastic,” says David.

 

David takes advantage of the local bike pathways and footpaths by walking to work and enjoying walks with his family on weekends.

 

Looking for easy ways to reduce your contribution to air pollution? The following resources and amenities are at your fingertips when you live at Springfield Rise:

 

  1. The train: Springfield Rise has convenient access to Springfield Central train station and is roughly a 38-minute train trip from Brisbane CBD, and 44-minute trip from Ipswich CBD. Visit Translinkfor up-to-date train information.

     

  2. The bus: Regular bus services connect Springfield Rise with the local area. Visit Translink for up-to-date bus information.

     

  3. E-scooter: With plenty of paths and bike ways throughout Springfield Rise and the Greater Springfield area, an e-scooter is a great way to replace short car trips. The Ipswich City Council has given the green light to an e-scooter pilot scheme, which will run for six months in Springfield from September 2022. To learn more, click here.

     

  4. Bike: The Greater Springfield region has an abundance of cycle paths that suit everyone from advanced cyclists through to little ones learning to ride a bike without training wheels. Plan out your next bicycle journey using Ipswich City Council’s Cycle Paths map here.

 

Springfield Rise at Spring Mountain has been awarded a 5 Star Green Star - Communities v1.1 certified rating, representing Australian Excellence in sustainable precincts from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). To achieve this rating, the community was assessed for its sustainability performance across five impact categories – Governance, Liveability, Economic Prosperity, Environment and Innovation.

Some of the high scoring sustainable initiatives include dedicating land for community facilities, maintaining and improving the ecological value of the surrounding conservation area and safety around construction sites. To learn more about sustainability at Springfield Rise, click here.