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Annual Report from the Global Lead Advice & Support Service (GLASS)
to SA Dept of Health & NSW Health & DEC
incorporating Quarterly Reports June 2004 to May 2005

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Table 3: Call Subjects in Report Period by State

Subject

ACT

NSW

NT

QLD

SA

TAS

VIC

WA

X

Total

Other

35

895

 

16

33

1

201

10

148

1,359

Lead poisoning

37

583

 

106

24

5

121

36

349

1,322

Service referral

30

637

1

72

33

3

160

29

103

1,119

Policy

39

359

 

39

22

1

68

20

83

653

Paint

6

238

1

72

16

6

72

19

27

478

Lead workers

10

248

 

38

10

3

47

13

73

448

Renovation

8

211

 

67

12

5

65

15

17

414

Consumer products

25

152

 

18

14

1

50

11

94

386

Env’l testing/ sampling

12

149

1

21

12

4

35

13

25

289

Ceiling dust

1

205

 

9

   

38

3

14

289

Lead petrol

8

89

 

3

   

12

2

62

181

Waste

7

44

 

7

2

 

17

4

20

108

Air

4

35

 

3

9

 

13

2

32

103

Hobbies

3

31

 

3

4

 

7

3

9

60

TOTAL

225

3,893

3

475

194

29

910

180

1,059

7,238

Note: X is a combination of "AU" which are Australian callers who contacted GLASS by email only with no postcode given and "OS" which stands for overseas. To date, the Global Lead Advice & Support Service (GLASS) has handled email enquiries about lead from 62 countries with residents of at least 150 countries having visited our website - www.lead.org.au - see Appendix 6.

Table 4: Total Number of Subjects in Report Period, by Category

Category

Number of Subjects

% of All Call Subjects

Environment

2,248

31.1%

Health

1,859

25.7%

Either

3131

43.2%

(Please see also Appendix 4 that shows a chart which combines tables 3 and 4). Appendix 4 that shows a chart which combines tables 3 and 4).

The NSW Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) requested that we categorize the subjects of calls to our service at the beginning of the 3 year funded period just ended (FY 2002-5). They had previously in 1997 requested that we collect data on the subject of every call and defined for us a set list of subjects. Despite the predominance of calls in the environmental category in all three years, and despite the Environment Minister’s acceptance of the need for continued funding of the service provided by Pollution Line staff and the rest of the DEC and Ministerial office staff, the Acting Manager of Ministerial and Parliamentary Services in Mr Debus’s office responded on 26 July 2005, to The LEAD Group’s request for an extension of the three year $10,000 per annum grant, with advice that The LEAD Group should apply to the NSW Environmental Trust which funds environmental education "projects rather than the continuing administration of organisations." The Acting Manager presumably knew at the time of writing that applications for Environmental Trust grants closed in June 2005 for this year so even if this option were successful it would see our service unfunded for a period of some 15-18 months. We wonder how the Minister and DEC staff would perform and how many would continue working if they were given no wages for 2 years and then had their remaining budget taken away for at least 15-18 months.

Rural/Urban & Male/Female Split of SA & NSW Callers

Of the 90 South Australian callers, 81 were from the Adelaide area and 9 were rural, 42 were male, 38 female and 10 calls were with organisations.

Of the 2,182 NSW callers, 1,268 were within 10 kms of Sydney CBD, 568 in rest of Sydney, 46 in Boolaroo area (Newcastle), 20 in Pt Kembla area, 11 in Broken Hill and 269 in the rest of NSW, 990 were female, 927 male, 238 organizations and 27 unknown (emails).

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