City of Swan industries face environmental audit

City of Swan environmental health officer Scott Favacho and Department of Environmental Regulation light industry program officer Lara Saunder conducting a water quality test at Bennett Brook.
City of Swan environmental health officer Scott Favacho and Department of Environmental Regulation light industry program officer Lara Saunder conducting a water quality test at Bennett Brook.

CITY of Swan and Department of Environment staff will complete audits of light industry businesses in Malaga and Bellevue over two years to protect the Bennett Brook and Helena River catchments.

Mayor Mick Wainwright said business owners and operators would be provided with information about environmentally acceptable practices and advice to help avoid breaching environmental legislation.

“The use, storage and correct disposal of all types of solid and liquid materials are a focus of these audits,” Cr Wainwright said.

“Results from previous light industry audit programs suggest that most audited businesses are happy to improve operating practices to reduce the risk of causing environmental harm to our waterways.”

Cr Wainwright said the City was part of a broader program targeting flows into the Swan and Canning rivers that were fed by water coming from the surrounding catchment through stormwater drains, streams and underground aquifers.

“Any contaminants picked up or washed away in rain water from residential, rural and industrial areas can be transported to the rivers,” he said.

“With light industry improving and Perth households doing their bit, we can all continue to enjoy healthy rivers that sustain a diverse range of animals.”

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