The Get the Site Right campaign in June was aimed at increasing awareness of the dangers of runoff from building sites impacting the environment and encourage developers, builders and home renovators to implement appropriate erosion and sediment controls.
The campaign kicked off in response to an increase in home renovation and DIY projects during the COVID-19 isolation period as well as several large construction projects that are expected to commence in coming months.
Developments of all sizes were monitored by councils and the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) as part of the month-long campaign. Although the June campaign is now over, councils and the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) will continue to undertake inspections and target offending sites that fail to control their sediment runoff, to ensure developers and builders #getthesiteright!
About the Program
Now in its fifth year, Get the Site Right is a joint program between the Parramatta River Catchment Group (PRCG), Cooks River Alliance, Georges Riverkeeper, Sydney Coastal Councils Group, Lake Macquarie Council, NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, and local councils
Sediment spills affect our environment and waterways by:
- Destroying aquatic habitats and smothering native plants and animals that live in our waterways.
- Directly polluting creeks, rivers and harbours by filling them with dirt, soil, sand and mud. This leads to poorer water quality, affecting swimming or leisure activities in and around our waterways.
- Blocking stormwater drains leading to flooding and overflows.
- Eroding creek and riverbanks.
Members of the public can report pollution incidents, including poor sediment control, to the EPA’s 24/7 Environment Line on 131 555 or to their local council.