Auburn City Council is required by legislation to consider whether land is contaminated.
During the Development Application process, applicants are required to provide information about known and potential contamination on development sites.
The applicant must address issues such as:
The State government legislative requirements are provided through State Environmental Planning Policy No. 55 Remediation of Land and The Contaminated Land Management Act 1997.
The Contaminated Land Management Act, 1997 enables the Department of Environment and Conservation (Environment Protection Authority) to respond to contamination that is causing significant risk of harm to human health or the environment and sets out criteria for determining whether such risk exists.
The former Department of Land and Water Conservation has mapped areas in NSW that contain acid sulfate soils. The maps are referred to as the Acid Sulfate Soil Risk Maps. First published in 1995 and updated in 1997, they cover the entire NSW coastline and have been adapted for planning purposes.
The Acid Sulfate Soils Risk Maps for the Auburn Local Government Area shows the location of possible acid sulfate soils in the Auburn Local Government Area. Please ask for these maps if you are thinking of building in an area that might be affected by acid sulfate soils. These maps can also be viewed on the website of the Office of Environment and Heritage.