Councils join in fourth Get the Site Right campaign to stop pollution of rivers and bays

On notice: Large and small building sites will be inspected during a month-long campaign by councils and environmental authorities. Picture: John Veage
On notice: Large and small building sites will be inspected during a month-long campaign by councils and environmental authorities. Picture: John Veage

A month-long campaign by councils and other authorities during May will target sediment run-off from building sites.

The campaign will include a “blitz day” on Wednesday May 16, which authorities said would be as much about education as compliance.

More than 20 councils, the Environment Protection Authority, Cooks River Alliance, Georges River Riverkeeper and other bodies are participating in the fourth Get the Site Right campaign.

Fairfield Council are participating in the crackdown on sediment and erosion control measures at building sites across the city.

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said sediment laden run-off into gutters might appear a small issue but, when it reached rivers and bays, it not only affected water quality and amenity, but smothered aquatic vegetation, clogged fish gills and could even block waterways entirely during storms and floods.

“Council continuously monitors construction sites to ensure they are compliant with building and environmental standards,” Mayor Carbone said.

“In the long-run, the best way to fix the issue of sediment run-off is education. Improving the quality of our waterways begins with prevention.”

  • Council encourages the community to continue reporting breeches of sediment control compliance to the NSW Environment Protection Authority by calling 131 555.