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Departmental Media Release

Breaches at Tweed Heads construction sites leads to fines

  • Date: 05.04.2017
  • Type: Departmental Media Release
  • Author: Department of Planning and Environment

Residential developments under construction in Tweed Heads and Terranora have been fined by the Department of Planning and Environment for failing to manage dust at the sites, a February compliance report shows.

Developer Altitude Lifestyle, part of the Metricon Group, was found to have breached planning conditions related to dust management at the Altitude Aspire site in Terranora, where the company is constructing a new housing development.

In addition, Hutchison Civil also breached dust control conditions at the Fraser Drive Residential Development in Tweed Heads, failing to build fences to block dust and failing to dampen surfaces during earthworks. 


(Image courtesy of Destination Tweed

Dr Oliver Holm, Executive Director of Resource Assessments and Compliance, said both companies must now pay a $15,000 fine, the largest penalty notice the department can issue for compliance breaches.

"Dust management conditions exist to protect the neighbourhood from the air-quality impacts of large construction sites," Dr Holm said. 

"At the moment the Tweed area is a residential development hot spot and the Department’s compliance officers have been busy keeping watch.

"Currently, we are monitoring around 65 major project sites in the Tweed area, where the construction of large-scale residential developments is taking place."

Dr Holm added that compliance officers undertake unannounced surveillance and site visits, audits, and follow-up community complaints to ensure projects meet planning approval conditions

"However, this is only a small part of our team’s compliance monitoring work as we make visits to major projects across the entire state," he said.

"The community quite rightly have an expectation that developments in their neighbourhood are being done properly and follow all conditions that were imposed as part of their approvals.

The Department’s February compliance report shows five penalties worth a total $75,000 were issued and more than 100 major project sites were visited, with most operators and developers found to be compliant after the inspection.

To read the February report visit the department's website

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