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Departmental Media Release

Department conducts compliance audit of Illawarra industry sites

  • Date: 19.07.2016
  • Type: Departmental Media Release
  • Author: Department of Planning and Environment

The Department of Planning and Environment has found a satisfactory level of compliance during its Southern Industry Audit Campaign across the Illawarra.


Compliance officers audited four selected industry operations in the Illawarra region as part of the Department’s 2015-2016 compliance campaign program to make sure companies are meeting their conditions of approval.


The four major project sites targeted in the Southern Industry Audit Campaign include:

  • Bass Point Quarry
  • Boral Cement Works Berrima
  • Russell Vale Colliery
  • Shoalhaven Starches


“It’s important for local communities to have confidence in major project sites and that they are complying with their project approval conditions,” a spokesperson said.


“After the audit the Department issued a $3000 penalty to Shoalhaven Starches for constructing silos on its site without an appropriate construction certificate.


“The company has since been granted a modification to the approval, containing the requirement to obtain a building certificate for the silos.


“The Department also found Bass Point Quarry failed to prepare an independent cumulative traffic impact study with nearby quarries by the required date.


“After the Department identified this non-compliance the company submitted the study and it has been approved.


“The operators of each site are now required to implement an action plan to address any instances of non-compliance and take any actions needed.


“Our compliance officers will follow-up with each company on a regular basis to ensure the agreed actions are being put in place. “Progress on actions will be reported in the annual reviews or Annual


Environmental Management Reports of each company. “Compliance inspections were undertaken during 2015 as part of the Department’s 2015-2016 campaign program.


“Every year the Department’s compliance team undertakes a series of audits to focus on sites and industries with a higher a risk of impacting the community and the environment.


“During audits our compliance officers review reports and inspect sites, as well as requiring companies to prepare action plans to address any non-compliances.


“In addition to yearly audit campaigns the compliance team regularly inspects major project sites across NSW undertaking spot checks, unannounced visits and meetings with councils and the community.


“Compliance enforcement can include warning letters and orders, fines which can reach up to $5 million, and prosecutions for the most serious offences.”


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