Air Pollution

Environmental Nuisances

There are many things that can be called an environmental nuisance, the most common are:

  • Noise (excessive, repetitive, after hours)
  • Air (Dust, light, odour, smoke, spraydrift)
  • Asbestos (illegal dumping, incorrect dumping)

What do I need to know before directing my complaint?

To ensure your complaint is handled in a timely and efficient manner, it is important that Council is provided with the following accurate information:

  • The nature of the complaint, i.e. power tools starting before 6.30am;
  • The time the issue started and/or finished;
  • The street/site address and if known the name of the company/person involved;
  • How long the issue has been going on for; and
  • Any other information you feel may be beneficial in the handling of your complaint.

A complaint about nuisance from residential premises must be lodged with the Council before it can be investigated. Note: callers details will remain confidential. Annonymous complaints will not be accepted.

Air Pollution

Emissions into the air can cause a nuisance to neighbours and interfere with their normal daily activities. If severe enough, it can even impact on a person’s health and the environment.

Should you have a problem with air emissions, always attempt to discuss the issue directly with the person responsible for the nuisance in order to try and achieve a solution. Give them an appropriate time frame to do something about it. If the situation has not changed after that time, it may then be necessary to contact the appropriate authority.

Council only has jurisdiction to act on certain air pollution issues, and shares the responsibility of air emissions with other government bodies. Please refer to the information below which outlines authorities for various air emission types.

 

Who do I contact for further information

Note: In some circumstances you may be referred to a state government department.  The referral will be dependant on the source of the problem. For example a light problem from a state school will be referred whereas a light problem from a private school would be investigated by Council.

Dust

  • Occuring from the clearing of vacant land in preparation for sub-division – Contact Council for further information
  • Occurring on residential land and some commercial land –  Contact Council for further clarification

Light

  • Occurring on residential land and some commercial land – Contact Council for further clarification

Odour

  • Spear pump – Contact Council for further clarification
  • Council sewage treatment plant – Contact Council for further clarification
  • Private sewage treatment plant – Contact your local office of the Department of Environment and Resource Management
  • Septic tank – Contact Council for further clarification
  • Dewatering – Contact Council for further clarification
  • General (eg. fertiliser, pesticides, waste, builders toilet) – Contact Council for further clarification

Smoke

  • Backyard burning – Operated on residential land and some commercial land – Contact Council for further clarification
  • Chimney smoke – Operated on residential land and some commercial land – Contact Council for further clarification
  • Bushfire smoke – Contact your local office of Queensland Fire and Rescue Services
  • Smokey vehicle – Contact your local office of Queensland Transport
  • Cigarette smoke – Contact your local office of Queensland Health

Spray Drift

  • Occurring on residential land and some commercial land – Contact Council for further clarification

The Environmental Protection Regulation 2008 prohibits an activity from causing a nuisance to surrounding residents. This may include nuisance from over spray or odours associated with spray painting. Council will not allow continuous spray painting of large pieces of equipment and/or cars in residential areas or spray painting in the open where over spray and odour becomes a nuisance to surrounding residents.

There are differing standards for spray painting dependant on numerous factors including:

  • Commercial operation
  • Zoning under the Town Planning Scheme
  • Registered under the Environmental Protection Act 1994
  • Non licensed premises (residential and general commercial)

 

 

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