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Get the site right to avoid a fine

Get the site right to avoid a fine Developers and builders beware, a statewide crackdown is being conducted on building sites this month, as part of the Get the Site Right campaign. No  

Developers and builders beware, a statewide crackdown is being conducted on building sites this month, as part of the Get the Site Right campaign.

The campaign involves:

  • Parramatta River Catchment Group;
  • Cooks River Alliance;
  • Georges River Combined Council’s Committee;
  • Sydney Coastal Council’s Group;
  • Environment Protection Authority (EPA);
  • Department of Planning and Environment; and
  • More than 20 Sydney councils, including the City of Canterbury Bankstown.

Mayor Khal Asfour said the aim is to target erosion and sediment control at building sites, and the impact of runoff into waterways, such as creeks and rivers.

"This campaign is on top of our routine inspections we carry out at building and construction sites across the city," Mayor Asfour said.

"Builders and developers are responsible for carrying out any work in accordance with the conditions placed on their project and, with the help of local residents, we ensure they do just that.

"Residents act as our eyes and ears in many ways because our officers can’t be everywhere all the time. They often provide information which we are able to act on to make builders and developers accountable for their actions."

During the last statewide blitz, which occurred in May, 439 sites were inspected and $433,140 fines imposed.

"Locally, we visited 27 sites and found 19 of them were non-compliant, with more than $15,000 in fines issued," Mayor Asfour said.

"We can only do so much education and when that fails, the message needs to get through somehow and, at times, that means tough fines.

"Fines range from $8,000 to $15,000 depending on the offence."

NSW EPA Regional Director Metropolitan Branch, Giselle Howard, said it was important to be aware of the rules when it came to protecting waterways from runoff.

"Dirty water washed from building sites not only looks awful in our waterways, it also smothers aquatic plants and animals, and impacts the health of our rivers," Ms Howard said.

The community is encouraged to report pollution incidents by calling the EPA on 131 555.

 22/11/2017 4:34 PM