Samantha Ashby is Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy at The University of Newcastle and is a member of the National Tertiary Education Union. She grew up in public housing in the UK and lives in Mayfield. Samantha supports fighting for a healthier local environment.
By ensuring effective monitoring of the air and water quality around Stockton, Carrington, Mayfield and Throsby Creek we can gain more transparency around environmental contaminants, such as the potential spread of the RAAF Base PFAS pollution. The community campaign to stop the proposed T4 Coal Terminal is a good example of a winning campaign and shows that we can eventually phase out the coal loaders and, in the meantime, get the coal wagons covered to reduce the coal dust.