Keep our rivers clean
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.”