Yesterday’s dust storm that blanketed Sydney and parts of NSW is estimated to have cost the state tens of millions of dollars.
Mark Goodsell from the Australian Industry Group (AIG) predicted the cost to the state will be tens of millions of dollars as a result of lost productivity, flight disruptions and the loss of hundreds of thousands of tonnes of top soil in the state’s west.
“When the environment is such that it’s not healthy to work outside, that causes a lot of disruption,” he said.
He also pointed out the extensive damage that had been done to the rural landscape, and the millions lost from airport delays and closures.
The Bureau of Meterology said the dust storm was the worst they had seen in over 70 years with air pollution reaching “hazardous” levels.
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