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In general terms contaminated land refers to land contaminated by hazardous substances (such as pesticides, heavy metals or hydrocarbons) which may pose a risk to human health and/or the environment.

Land in the Tweed Shire has been and currently is being used for a variety of purposes which in some situations may have caused the land to become contaminated. Historically, industrial activities, agricultural activities and commercial activities all have the potential to contaminate land.

Under the Contaminated Land Management Act 1997, the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) regulates contaminated sites that pose a significant risk of harm to human health or the environment.

Contaminated sites that are not regulated by NSW EPA are managed by local councils through land use planning processes.

State Environmental Planning Policy No 55 – Remediation of Land requires Council to consider whether land is contaminated and for applicants to provide information about contamination in respect to their proposed development. This information is often provided as part of the Statement of Environmental Effects or by the provision of specific contaminated land reports.

The applicant is required to address issues such as previous and current land uses and activities on the site and adjoining sites as well as any known contamination of the land and details of any contamination investigation reports or remediation works that have occurred on the land.

Changes from 1 July 2020

Note that all contaminated land reports submitted for Council review as of 1 July 2020 must be accompanied by a Contaminated Land Summary Table to ensure that key mandatory information is incorporated into consultant's reports.

NRCLP Summary Report Template Table (54kB DOCX)

Contaminated Land Policy

Council has developed a Policy in respect to Land Contamination which is currently under review. For further information contact Council's Building and Environmental Health Unit on (02) 6670 2400.

Northern Rivers Contaminated Land Program
Underground Petroleum Storage Systems (UPSS)
Waste (including fill and spoil)
Radiation
Historical pesticide application during construction
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