Building sites and developments across Campbelltown will be scrutinised for pollution control measures as part of the Get the Site Right campaign to protect the health of the local environment and waterways.
Campbelltown is one of 20 Councils involved in the campaign, which is a joint initiative with Parramatta River Catchment Group, Cooks River Alliance, Georges Riverkeeper, Sydney Coastal Councils Group, NSW Environmental Protection Authority and the Department of Planning and Environment.
Council rangers and compliance officers will inspect the work sites on Tuesdays 14 and 21 May to ensure appropriate sediment and erosion control measures are in place as part of the compliance and education campaign.
“We want to make sure builders and developers are properly managing all construction sites across our city to confirm their work is not polluting or eroding nearby creeks and rivers, harming native plants and habitats or blocking stormwater drains,’’ said Mayor George Brticevic.
“The inspections will ensure that builders are doing the right thing to help to protect our local environment and applying best practice control measures when they are setting up their sites and doing construction works,’’ Cr Brticevic said.
Rangers will particularly focus on construction sites in Denham Court, Bardia, Airds and Claymore.
Action for non-compliance may include fines of up to $800, clean up and prevention notices, warnings and possible prosecution for serious breaches.
Council officers will also discuss the impacts of sediment laden runoff and the damage it can cause to the environment with staff at the building sites to further raise awareness.
Now in its fourth year, Get the Site Right is being held in Campbelltown and across Sydney and the Central Coast.
Members of the public can report pollution incidents, including poor sediment control, to the EPA’s Environment Line on 131 555 and by phoning Council on 4645 4000.