Get the Site Right initiative cracks down on Parramatta River pollution

Developers and builders have been put on notice as authorities ramp up their river pollution crackdown.

Vigilantes: EPA operation officer Alex Bowley and PRCG coordinator Sarah Holland-Clift conducted a soil and erosion compliance blitz this week. Picture: Geoff Jones.

Vigilantes: EPA operation officer Alex Bowley and PRCG coordinator Sarah Holland-Clift conducted a soil and erosion compliance blitz this week. Picture: Geoff Jones.

Get the Site Right is a joint taskforce of local councils and the Environmental Protection Authority to prevent sediment pollution from the rise of development sites and construction activity along the river foreshore.

The compliance blitz is part of Parramatta River Catchment Group’s (PRCG) mission to make it swimmable again by 2025.

Sediment and erosion from building sites can threaten the river and its environment if not properly managed. Stormwater drains blocked by sediment can result in flooding. 

“With November expected to be a wet month, now is the time to get the awareness out there and check that all developers, regardless of their size, are doing the right thing,” PRCG coordinator Sarah Holland-Clift said.

“We’re looking at how they manage their sites and the positive and negative impacts they are having on the river.”

Non-compliance will result in fines from $8000 up to $15,000 per incident.

River swimming in Parramatta is a bold ambition.

“It’s a long term goal for Parramatta CBD,” Mrs Holland-Clift said.

“There are other methods for the community to interact with the river, which initially could be secondary recreation such as kayaking.”

The public can play their part by reporting river pollution to the Environment Line hotline 131 555.

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