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Asbestos

Managing asbestos can be very complicated as there are a number of different laws and rules about who can handle it and how it should be done.  To help community members make sense of it all, Holroyd Council has developed a website called Asbestos Answers to answer some common questions.

The website is set out in a simple, easy to follow format and contains information on asbestos relating to renovations, development approvals and disposal.  It also provides advice on what to do if asbestos has been dumped near you or what to do if you think someone in the neighbourhood is not handling asbestos correctly.


Pollution.

Pollution

Protecting the community from the adverse health impacts of pollutants, Council investigates and actions environmental breaches. These include water and air pollution, illegal discharges and nuisance odours. Understanding how you can manage your role in reducing pollution within Holroyd will benefit the community. Council runs sessions, holds forums and provides fact sheets for residents as educational tools.

Find out more about Pollution and our management programs or please contact Council on 9840 9828.

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Stormwater.

Stormwater, Drainage and Flooding

Protecting the residents and properties of Holroyd, Council maintains and monitors risks associated with water drainage in the City. These continuous upgrades ensure the community are kept dry when extensive storm water is present. There are measures in place to reduce problems that can eventuate with flooding. Council provides residents with Drainage Essentials, Flood Advice and On-Site Storm Water Detention.

For further information on the environment contact Council on 9840 9840.

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Landscaping.

Landscaping

To ensure the safety of residents in the community, any changes to your dwelling and/or Landscaping may require approval from Council. A Duty Planner will be able to assist you with the specific information. Approved landscape plans will outline what is allowed and what controls are in place.

For more details on your landscape requirements please phone 9840 9840.


Mulching.

Mulching

For the convenience of residents, Holroyd Council operates a garden waste mulching service.

The service operates from Councils depot in Guildford and is accessed through the gates off Foray Street Guildford. During daylight saving time the service is open each Sunday between 9am to 2pm. During non-daylight savings time (winter season) the service will be open on the first and third Sunday of each month (except Public Holidays) between 9am to 2pm.

Commencing in April 2015 the garden waste mulching service will be open on the following Sundays between 9am to 2pm:

Sunday 12 April 2015 Sunday 7 June 2015 Sunday 2 August 2015
Sunday 19 April 2015 Sunday 21 June 2015 Sunday 16 August 2015
Sunday 3 May 2015 Sunday 5 July 2015 Sunday 6 September 2015
Sunday 17 May 2015 Sunday 19 July 2015 Sunday 20 September 2015

Garden waste is limited to one box trailer load. Truckloads of garden waste will not be accepted.

You will need to bring proof of Holroyd residency, eg. your rates notice, as the service is for residential usage only and limited to ‘one box trailer load’. Commercial use is prohibited

For details on mulching, please contact Council’s Customer Service on 9840 9840.

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Biodiversity

Biodiversity refers to the variety of all life forms; the different plants, animals, microorganisms, the genes they contain and the ecosystems they form.

Biodiversity is critical for the survival of all earths species, including humans.

For more information on how to get involved with biodiversity in Holroyd, please call Council on 9840 9840 to speak to our Environmental Health Unit.

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Smoke Free Areas

The Tobacco Legislation Amendment Act 2012 was passed by the NSW Parliament on 15 August 2012.

The Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 has been amended to ban smoking in the following outdoor places from 7 January 2013:

  • Within 10 metres of children’s play equipment in outdoor public places
  • Public swimming pools
  • Spectator areas at sports grounds or other recreational areas used for organised sporting events
  • Public transport stops and platforms; including ferry wharves and taxi ranks
  • Within 4 metres of a pedestrian access point to a public building  and
  • From 2015, in commercial outdoor dining areas

The new laws also enable Local Health Districts and Statutory Health Corporations to make by-laws prohibiting smoking on NSW Health grounds, such as hospitals, community health services and ambulance stations.

For concerns or complaints relating to smoking in outdoor areas, please contact the NSW Health Complaints Department on 1800 043 159.

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Trees

In Holroyd, trees are an important part of our environment. Council can provide assistance, in both environment and development services, so that trees are well-looked after and maintained.

For more information on trees, please contact Council’s Environmental and Planning Services via 9840 9840.


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Littering

Council has received funding from the NSW Environment Protection Authority to conduct a litter education project focused on reducing the amount of cigarette butt and chewing gum litter in the Merrylands CBD. A survey conducted in 2014 identified these cigarette butts and chewing gum as the most commonly littered items.

As part of the project Council has organised some street theatre in McFarlane Street where actors will distribute free portable ashtrays and do their best to spread the word about the negative impacts of litter on our community and the environment.

Community education will be followed up with an enforcement campaign in the coming months resulting in $60 fines for littering in the street, and $200 fines for those seen littering from motor vehicles.

If you would like a free portable ashtray (so you always have a lawful disposal solution for your butts) contact Council on 9840 9664 and we will arrange to send one out to you.

Please help us ‘Keep Holroyd Clean’.


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National Tree Day

Holroyd City Council is proudly supporting National Tree Day 2015 by holding community tree planting events between 10.00am and 12.00 noon on Sunday, 26 July 2015.

Celebrating 20 years of Australia’s largest community tree planting event, National Tree Day started in 1996 and since then more than 3 million people have planted over 21 million plants, and is still growing.

Coordinated by Planet Ark and proudly sponsored by Toyota, National Tree Day is an opportunity to improve the local environment and to connect with nature by planting and caring for native trees and shrubs.

Native plants are vital for Australia’s land care and wildlife and each year more than 300,000 volunteers come together to support National Tree day activities.

Locations:

Holroyd Gardens, Walpole Street, Holroyd
Woodpark Reserve, Woodpark Road, Woodpark

Parking:

Directions to planting sites with adjacent parking facilities will be available at each of the above locations.

Registration:

Volunteers must register at their chosen planting site upon arrival.

Activities:

Volunteers will be provided with sun block, gloves, spades and local native plants for planting on the day.

Council staff will be available to demonstrate planting techniques and to provide guidance throughout the event.

At the conclusion of the event, each volunteer will be offered a certificate in recognition of their contribution to the event.

Volunteers are reminded to dress sensibly, wearing closed shoes and a hat. Light refreshments will also be available.

Planting sites will be prepared and maintained by Council.

Schools Tree Day:

Council also supports School’s Tree Day on Friday, 24 July 2015 by offering up to 40 local native plants to school’s within the Holroyd local government area.

For more information regarding National Tree Day activities, please contact Council’s Streetscape and Events Officer, Mr. Chris Irving on 8724 8658 or visit www.planetark.org or www.treeday.planetark.org