The Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (POEO Act 1997) is the principal piece of legislation that local councils use to enforce pollution offences.
In these cases, the Department of Environment Climate Change and Water (DECCW formerly the EPA) is the ARA.
It is important that the activities of your business do not cause pollution or degradation of the environment.
Auburn City Council has the authority to issue a range of environment protection notices for water pollution offences under the POEO Act 1997 including:
For environment protection notices a fee of $444 may be imposed for the recovery of administration costs. Failure to pay this fee is also an offence.
Penalty Infringement Notices, commonly known as on-the-spot fines for a water pollution offence are $750 for an individual and $1,500 for a corporation.
Since 2005, Auburn City Council has had an Environmental Monitoring Program in place. The Program ensures that all construction activity within the Auburn area is monitored monthly. On-the-spot education is provided to construction sites to address any sediment & erosion control concerns or potential pollution matters and any breaches of the POEO Act 1997 are acted upon.
If you have any concerns regarding water pollution, contact Auburn City Council's Environment & Health Unit on (02) 9735 1222.