Contaminated land can have major economic, legal and planning implications for the community.
Contamination may limit potential land use or increase costs for developers and councils. It is important to clean-up and protect both human health and environmental health.
There are numerous known contaminated sites as well as sites that are potentially contaminated such as petrol stations, sheep and cattle dips and timber processing sites.
Sites that are confirmed as contaminated may pose a risk to the health of humans and the environment, depending on the type and extent of contamination.
Council maintains a Contaminated Lands Register which lists sites that are known to have been contaminated or because of previous land uses are considered to be potentially contaminated. The Register also lists land that has been analysed and cleared of contamination and land that has been remediated. For this reason, once a site is listed on the register, it will remain on the register, although its status may change as Council acquires new information about the site. The Register is updated by Council staff on the basis of objective information (eg a past land use) and assessments it receives from contaminated land consultants.