Calls for builders to play their part in protecting our waterways

Published on 28 April 2021

Erosion and Sediment Control Officer Janine Koppel inspecting sediment fencing.jpg

Builders and home renovators are being reminded to get their sites right to help keep Lake Macquarie and local beaches clean.

Lake Macquarie City Council Manager Development Assessment and Certification Elizabeth Lambert said the Get the Site Right campaign highlighted the importance of putting in place appropriate preventative measures on construction sites.

“Without adequate controls, an average building site can lose up to four truckloads of soil in one storm, which can then enter our local waterways,” Ms Lambert said.

“Sediment runoff can destroy aquatic habitats and degrade water quality.”

Erosion and Sediment Control Officer Janine Koppel said Council continued to be proactive with educating developers, builders and home renovators on proper erosion and sediment control measures.

“Get the Site Right will run throughout May, however Council remains committed to informing the community about this important issue all year-round,” Ms Koppel said.

“Implementing correct sediment controls is required no matter the size or scope of a project. It’s crucial to protect our environment.”

Inspections conducted during last year’s Get the Site Right found one in five construction sites had inadequate sediment runoff controls in place.

“The program is an important part of our ongoing strategy to manage the environmental impacts of construction,” Ms Koppel said.

Members of the public can report pollution incidents, including poor erosion and sediment control and water pollution, to the EPA on 131 555, to Council on 4921 0333 or via council@lakemac.nsw.gov.au.

Go to lakemac.com.au for more information on erosion and sediment control responsibilities.