$102,000 contaminated land management grant
Coffs Harbour City Council has received a $102,000 NSW Government funding grant to undertake monitoring and land rehabilitation on a property near Coramba, Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser announced today.
The funding was awarded under the Government’s Contaminated Land Management Innocent Owners Program, designed to help land owners clean-up contamination that they didn’t cause but are responsible for as the landowner.
“Contaminated land is a complex issue and can have significant impacts on the environment and community health if not managed correctly,” Mr Fraser said.
“The NSW Government is committed to tackling contaminated land issues.”
This grant program is part of a $6 million commitment over the past three years to help councils identify and manage contamination issues.
The NSW Government promotes a polluter pays policy but in certain circumstances the original polluter may no longer exist or may not have the capacity to clean up the contamination. In this case grant funding under the Innocent Owners program can provide assistance.
“The cost of cleaning up and remediating these sites can sometimes run into the millions of dollars, beyond the means of many individuals, small businesses and councils, especially those in regional or rural areas,” Mr Fraser said.
“This not only impacts on the environment but also limits the future redevelopment opportunities that can occur in the local area.”
Since the Government’s Contaminated Land Management program was announced in 2014 more than 50 councils and regional groups of councils have received grants to manage contamination across NSW.
For more information about contaminated land management in NSW visit: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/clm/clm-program.htm.