Pilot Environmental Auditing Program
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has highlighted the need for Councils to proactively engage in environmental auditing, not only for the benefit of the environment, but also for the benefit of the community.
Tweed Shire Council is home to a number of industries that have the potential to harm the environment if their workplace operations are not managed appropriately.
In response to this initiative, Tweed Shire Council will be undertaking a pilot environmental auditing program which is scheduled to commence between January and March 2014.
The pilot program will include twenty businesses that will be randomly selected from the diverse range of industries that are represented across the Tweed Shire, enabling Council to assess their practices against the standards put in place by the EPA, and relevant conditions of any current development consent that may relate to the business.
The twenty businesses that have been selected to participate in the pilot program will be notified in writing and will also be visited by the Inspector who will be undertaking their audit prior to their participation in the pilot scheme. The businesses taking part in the audit will not be required to contribute to the cost of the program.
The pilot program will look at waste management practices, including reuse, disposal and recycling, and will enable Council to work with the business community to adopt a more proactive role in the protection of the environment from pollution before it occurs. It will also assist in educating various industries to prevent and better prepare in case of a pollution event.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who are the points of contact within Council.
Alain Legrand and Brad Pearce
What is the cost to participants.
Businesses taking part in the pilot audit will not be required to contribute to the cost of the pilot audit.
Who is undertaking the inspections.
Councils compliance officer, Alain Legrand.
What is the next step in the process.
One of the aims of the pilot will be to find out what resources may be required to undertake future audits as part of an ongoing environmental audit process and then to see what fee may be required based on cost recovery, resources and industry expectations.
How long will the individual inspections take.
The nature of the business being audited will determine the length of time taken to inspect the business.
How will the twenty participants taking part in the pilot audit be notified.
The businesses taking part in the pilot will be notified in writing and will also be visited by the Inspector who will be undertaking their audit prior to their participation in the pilot scheme.
Why is the pilot environmental audit program being undertaken?
The pilot program will enable Council to assess environmental practices against standards put in place by the EPA and to assist businesses to meet these standards.
When will the pilot program take place.
The pilot program will take place in February and March 2014.
How will the participants be chosen.
The twenty businesses taking place in the pilot audit have been randomly selected.
Last Updated: 18 March 2014