Friday 30 October 2015
Bega Valley Shire Council has assisted businesses in Bega to prevent stormwater pollution.
The project to rehabilitate Kiss’ Lagoon selected a number of businesses in the Kiss’ and Spenco Lagoon catchment to understand stormwater pollution as well as identify prevention methods.
The stormwater project, provided under Council’s Bringing NRM to Town – Bega Urban Floodplain Wetlands Restoration Project, was funded through the Environmental Trust.
It has helped businesses improve their approach of environmental impacts by better documentation of policy, procedure and training.
Southern Farm Supplies (SFS) took part in the project, which follows ‘AgSafe’ standards and already keep dangerous chemicals in a secure cage with a spill kit ready for accidents.
SFS owner Steve Ireland said he had taken steps to improve the drainage from his business by installing a new pipe and grate to carry away stormwater.
“We make it a daily priority to manage stormwater pollution such as pallet wrap litter,” he said.
As a result of this project, other businesses have also improved waste storage, cleaned up floor areas, upgraded spill response plans and conducted staff training.
Residents and businesses can learn about preventing stormwater pollution at Council’s website. www.begavalley.nsw.gov.au
Local pollution should be reported to the Council on 6499 2222.
Photograph: Owner of Southern Farm Supplies, Steve Ireland, checks the contents of the spill response kit.