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Air Pollution

When substances containing harmful or toxic elements are introduced into the atmosphere they may cause contamination, disease and toxicity in the surrounding people, animals and habitat. Everybody has the right to breathe clean, uncontaminated air and the responsibility of ensuring that their own practices do not contribute to the problem of air pollution.

Dirt and dust

Construction, excavation, landscaping and driving on unsealed roads can all cause dust and dirt. Sometimes dust and dirt can affect neighbours and interfere with their normal activities. If severe enough, it can damage property and impact on people’s health.

Reducing dust and dirt pollution:

  • Check weather conditions when planning work
  • Water down roadways or dusty areas
  • Retain as many plants and grass as possible
  • Use onsite waste as a dust barrier (e.g. mulch and reuse green waste)
  • Use hydro-mulch for large areas
  • Erect a dust fence or tree rows
  • Use property access points away from neighbours
  • Limit vehicle speeds and consider reducing the time vehicles use unsealed roads
  • Minimise the size of open and unsealed areas.

Spray drift

Spray drift from chemicals and paint can affect neighbours and interfere with their normal activities. If severe enough, it can damage property and impact people's health.

Reducing spray drift pollution:

  • Work indoors when possible
  • Check weather conditions and don’t spray in strong or gusty winds
  • Follow the manufacturer guidelines
  • Use a brush for small jobs
  • Use accurate equipment that reduces overspray
  • Consider using a commercial spray booth.

Complaints

Should you wish to lodge a complaint regarding an air pollution issue visit Council's Complaints webpage and follow Council's complaints process.

More information

Air Pollution Facts
Open Air Fires and Smoke Pollution
Smoke-Free Public Places