Stakeholders have come together to grow an environmentally inspired dust mitigation project in Port Hedland. Project Leaf Enhanced Air Filtration (LEAF) is a collaborative project to use environmental solutions to reduce the level of dust in Hedland’s Air. The project, which is a joint initiative between BHP, Greening Australia and Curtin University, started three years ago resulting in more than 150,000 seedlings being planted. On Wednesday, stakeholders commemorated the length of the initiative and expanded the project by planting more trees at the site on the edge of Anderson Street. Previous BHP ports general manager Nilson Davila said the quest to reduce the level of dust in Port Hedland needed a collaborative approach. “We recognise we have a shared responsibility to address dust issues in the Pilbara,” she said. “We have worked, and will continue to work closely with government, industry and the community to further improve air quality controls at our operations and for the communities in which we operate.” The project uses vegetation barriers to capture dust across Port Hedland’s historic West End. The initiative also included the construction of wind fences at port operations, a method that has been shown to reduce the potential for dust lift-off from stockpiles. Representatives from Kariyarra Aboriginal Corporation, Water Corp, BHP and Greening Australia participated in the most recent program expansion.