Thursday, February 1, 2024

NSW waterways benefit from continued improvement in building site compliance

Compliance officer inspecting poor site controls May 2021 for Get The Site Right

More NSW builders are ‘getting the site right’ according to results from the latest inspection blitz in October 2023.

Regulatory staff from 17 councils across Greater Sydney and regional NSW conducted 1,178 inspections of 978 building and construction sites.

Almost 70 per cent of sites were found to be compliant following a second inspection – an increase of six per cent in compliance since the previous inspection blitz in May 2023. 

There was also an 18% improvement in compliance between first and second inspections, highlighting the importance of regular monitoring and ongoing education.

For non-compliant sites, councils issued 66 penalty notices to the value of $314,824. 

Offences included poorly stabilised access points and damaged or no sediment fences and other controls.

Sediment not properly contained on building sites can be washed or blown off the site and into stormwater drains, reducing water quality in local waterways and harming aquatic life.

Get the Site Right is a joint taskforce between the Cooks River Alliance, Georges Riverkeeper, NSW Environment Protection Authority, NSW Dept of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure, Parramatta River Catchment Group, Sydney Coastal Councils Group, WaterNSW, and councils across NSW. 

The next inspection blitz will be held in May 2024.

Members of the public are encouraged to report pollution incidents, including poor sediment control, to their local council or via the NSW EPA’s 24-hour Environment Line on 131 555. 

Participating councils in the October 2023 campaign: Bayside Council, Blacktown City Council, Campbelltown City Council, City of Canterbury Bankstown, City of Parramatta, City of Ryde, Georges River Council, Inner West Council, Lake Macquarie City Council, North Sydney Council, Northern Beaches Council, Randwick City Council, Shoalhaven City Council, Sutherland Shire Council, Waverley Council, Willoughby City Council, and Woollahra Municipal Council.