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Get the Site Right campaign aims to protect beaches and waterways

Published Date
12/05/2021
News Topic
Council
Get the site right

Randwick City residents are being encouraged to keep a sharp eye out for any construction and building site run off during May 2021 as part of the Get The Site Right campaign.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the impacts of water pollution and sediment run off from building sites on the aquatic environment, and increase compliance-based building inspections to ensure that developers and builders are getting their site right.

“Protecting our beaches and waterways from chemical pollution is a big concern for Randwick Council,” stated Mayor Danny Said. “While we have gross pollutant traps that prevent 300 tonnes of rubbish from reaching the ocean, preventing chemicals from polluting our beaches starts at the building site.

“Council has a dedicated website to remind people that chemicals tipped down stormwater drains ends up in our oceans. The same applies to builders and the construction industry. They play a significant role in ensuring that sediment run off from their sties doesn’t enter the stormwater system and our beaches.”

Sydney Coastal Councils Group Chair, Councillor Lindsay Shurey said reducing sediment run-off is crucial to ensure waterways and the foreshore are protected and healthier.

“If not properly managed, sediment can affect water quality and amenity of our beloved waterways and smother aquatic vegetation which is critical to marine life. It can even impact upon property and amenities by blocking drains during times of storm and flood,” she said.

Along with the month-long awareness-raising campaign, a follow-up one-day inspection blitz of building sites across Sydney and the Hunter Coast will be held on Thursday, 20 May 2021.

Now in its sixth year, Get the Site Right is a joint program between the Cooks River Alliance, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, Georges Riverkeeper, the EPA, Parramatta River Catchment Group, Sydney Coastal Councils Group, local Sydney councils and Lake Macquarie Council.

Members of the public are encouraged to report pollution incidents, including poor sediment control, to their local council or the EPA’s 24/7 Environment Line on 131 555.

Randwick Council’s stormwater education website can be found at endbeachpollution.sydney

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