Environmental Nuisances

Townsville City Council Environmental Health staff are delegated the responsibility for enforcing the Environmental Protection Act 1994. This legislation deals with a number of environmental nuisances, including noise, dust, smoke, ash, aerosols, fumes, particles, light, odour, and other factors that can affect our quality of life.

Nuisances which are council's responsibility

Council is the authority responsible for investigating nuisances that arise from residential premises and commercial activities.

If you have a nuisance issue with a surrounding neighbour, we recommend that in the first instance you should discuss all possible options for resolving the problem with your neighbour. When disagreements between neighbours arise, talking together and working towards a mutual solution is the best approach.

Nuisances which are not council's responsibility

Some nuisances are regulated by other government agencies, these include:

  • Noise, light, dust and odour nuisances from commercial or industrial activities which have an environmental licence with the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP), phone 1300 130 372.
  • Noise from music, parties, and vehicles are regulated by the Queensland Police Service, phone (07) 4759 9777.
  • Noise from licensed premises, i.e. nightclubs are regulated by Liquor Licensing Division, phone 13 13 04.

Water Pollution

Minor water contamination includes the release or deposit of contaminants such as chemicals, oil, building waste, waste water, glass, metal or paper into rivers, lakes, streams, roadside gutters or stormwater drainage. Such contaminants can damage or destroy Townsville's beautiful waterways and beaches.

Under the Environmental Protection Act 1994, Council is responsible for investigation such incidences. On-spot-fines can be issued to persons found depositing or releasing such contaminants.

Clean Building Sites

Water contamination poses a serious impact on the environment. Builders and developers have obligations to prevent the deposit or release of sand, sediment, silt, rubbish or building materials into gutters, stormwater drains and waterways from building sites.

  • What builders and developers need to do?
    • * Install and maintain sediment fences to control runoff

      * Place gravel sausages to reduce material entering stormwater drains

      * Have waste containers available

      * Build waste containers on site by using geotextiles and rope to enclose waste

      * Empty waste containers and clear other waste storages on a regular basis

  • What are some common building site deficiencies? Are water restrictions still in place, if so what are they?
    • * No establishment of a stabilised entry/exit point

      * Unnecessary site disturbance (such as parking or driving on exposed soil)

      * Failure to divert upslope water

      * Failure to install sediment controls such as sediment fences or turf strips

      * Delays in connecting downpipes to stormwater drains

      * Incorrect sitting of stockpiles

      * Failure to install and/or maintain adequate drop inlet sediment traps.

Under the Environmental Protection Act 1994, Council is responsible for investigation such incidences. On-spot-fines can be issued to persons that allow the runoff of sand, sediment, silt, rubbish or building materials into gutters, stormwater drains and waterways.

Refer to our fact sheets for further information.