Soil and erosion control

Construction disturbs soil and creates dust and debris. Run-off from a building site travels down the gutters and drains to creeks and canals and eventually ends up in a river, lake or sea. Although a single block of land may seem insignificant, if you consider all the building sites within the Blacktown Local Government Area, erosion has a significant effect on water quality. Studies by the NSW Environment Protection Authority show that 1 building can lose up to 4 truckloads of soil in a single storm.

We have addressed this environmental issue with a systematic approach to the control of construction sites within the local government area. We have a 'Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Policy' with the aim of minimising soil erosion and sedimentation resulting from site disturbing activities within Blacktown.

The Policy promotes the protection and enhancement of the natural environment and maintains compatibility with the built environment. It also promotes consistency and fairness in the application and regulation of erosion and sedimentation control measures.

The Policy applies to any development activity requiring the approval of Council; any activity on public land, including Council activities (by or on behalf of Council); and any activity that involves disturbance of the soil surface or placement of fill on any allotment that will change the shape of the land.

Inspections are carried out by our Environmental Health Officers to ensure that stormwater pollution is not occurring as a result of a lack of adequate controls as outlined within the Policy.

Should any site be determined as non-complying, we employ a range of solutions to improve the site including issuing warning letters or either Clean-Up or Prevention Notices in line with the provisions of the Protection of the Environment (Operations) Act 1997. Where circumstances warrant more direct intervention a penalty infringement notice may be issued for amounts up to $8000 or legal resolution may be sought for water pollution offences in line with the provisions of the Protection of the Environment (Operations) Act 1997.