Keep our rivers clean

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Fran­cis Curro

A NEW pro­gram has been es­tab­lished to re­duce the risk of con­tam­i­nants find­ing their way into the Swan and Can­ning rivers.

The State Govern­ment has car­ried out 552 in­spec­tions of 370 premises and 15 peo­ple have been is­sued an en­vi­ron­men­tal field re­port through the Light In­dus­try Pro­gram.

In the pro­gram, the Govern­ment works with lo­cal govern­ment au­thor­i­ties to help busi­nesses im­prove their en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment prac­tices to pro­tect Perth’s rivers.

More than 550 in­spec­tions have been made of light in­dus­trial premises, such as au­to­mo­tive work­shops, wreck­ers’ yards and man­u­fac­tur­ers, since the start of 2015.

The in­spec­tion in­volves speak­ing with the op­er­a­tors and walk­ing around the premises point­ing out any is­sues or con­cerns.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Al­bert Ja­cob said the Govern­ment had re­ceived strong sup­port from the Town of Bassendean and cities of Bayswa­ter, Belmont, Can­ning, Gosnells, Swan and Melville, with all com­mit­ting an of­fi­cer to work with the govern­ment in­spec­tors.

“The risk is that things like de­ter­gent or de­greasers, if they are not used or dis­posed of cor­rectly, they can make their way into stormwa­ter drains and ul­ti­mately they can make their way into the Swan and Can­ning rivers,” he said.

“The main rea­son they started this pro­gram was to make sure we can im­prove the health of the Swan and Can­ning river sys­tem.”

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