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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.


Asbestos Education.

Residential Asbestos Disposal Scheme

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has awarded $781,000 to 23 local government areas in NSW to participate in the Householders Asbestos Disposal Scheme. This trial will run for 12 months, until 12 August 2015, to minimise the burden on householders who want to do the right thing with their asbestos waste.

The grants, awarded as part of the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, will offset the collection and transport costs for small residential amounts of asbestos waste.

To be eligible for the Western Sydney Residential Asbestos Disposal Scheme (WSRADS) you must:

  • own a residential property in the Holroyd Local Government Area
  • be disposing of bonded asbestos (non-friable asbestos)

To participate in the scheme you must follow the steps below:

  1. Decide if you will be removing the asbestos yourself or use a WorkCover asbestos removal licensed contractor (NOTE: you can only remove less than 10m2, for jobs larger than 10 m2 you MUST use a WorkCover asbestos removal licensed contractor also there is a weight limit of 200kgs of material that can be tipped by ‘do-it-yourself’ participants as a party of this program).
  2. If you are choosing to use a licensed contractor see the full list of contractors.
  3. If you decide to remove the asbestos yourself go to Asbestos Answers to find out more about the safe removal of asbestos.
  4. Pre-register using the following link: online registration form to fill out your details.
  5. If you are eligible you will receive a voucher via email with a unique verification code, the email will contain further instructions on what you must do to get your rebate.

There is a maximum limit of 200kgs for “do-it-yourself” participants.

If you “do-it-yourself” and dispose of more than 200kgs, you will not be eligible for any rebate.

Important InformationThere is NO safe level of exposure to asbestos fibres.If you are removing asbestos yourself you must observe safety precautions, otherwise you risk exposing yourself and your family to long-term health risks.

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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’.