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Environmental Nuisance

Noise, dust, smoke, light, odour and other emissions

Dust from building works, noise from various sources, offensive odours and other types of emissions can not only be a nuisance to neighbours and interfere with daily activities, it can also affect people’s health. 

The best way to resolve an issue with a neighbour is to approach them with your concerns and try to work together to resolve the problem. If this is not an option, you can raise the issue with Council or the appropriate authority and request assistance to investigate the matter.

Council’s first response is to educate and inform both parties involved of how the concern raise can be better managed or dealt with.  If the problem continues, Council will investigate further within our legislative authority.

Reporting Significant Pollution Incidents

Reports of significant pollution incidents should be made to the Department of Environment and Science (DES) via the Pollution Hotline. DES are responsible for undertaking compliance activities on industries and activities that pose a greater environmental risk. Examples of significant pollution incidents include:

  • significant fish kills (not including bycatch)
  • chemical truck/vehicle rollover
  • factory fires (if a premises is currently on fire call 000 immediately)
  • pipeline break
  • major sewage spills


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