Keeping erosion under control harder now blocks under individual control

The residents who sent this photo to the Gazette on March 3 said it was "extremely muddy water exiting the pipe flowing from the Redbank subdivision under Peel Park".

The residents who sent this photo to the Gazette on March 3 said it was "extremely muddy water exiting the pipe flowing from the Redbank subdivision under Peel Park".

In response to the Gazette’s story on pollution of Redbank Creek, a representative of the developer of the Redbank estate wanted to make clear that once the blocks are sold, the new owners are responsible for their own sediment control. 

North Richmond Joint Venture business development manager Jock Douglas said that “throughout the delivery of Redbank, the project had been frequently inspected by Council officers reviewing the soil and erosion controls, with improvements being made with each new precinct” of the estate being released.

“With respect to the recent rainfall events in early March, North Richmond Joint Venture (NRJV) implemented additional upstream controls to filter the runoff before it was captured in the sediment basins located on the Redbank site,” he said.

“Council has inspected these additional measures this week and confirmed to NRJV that they are acting effectively.  Both Council and NRJV are continuing to inspect measures and NRJV are maintaining all controls.”

Council’s director of City Planning Matt Owens told residents who had complained about the run off that Council had inspected the situation that week. 

He told the residents that the Redbank developers were not undertaking any construction at the moment and it was in fact the new owners of blocks that had been sold which  “appear to be deficient in their erosion and sediment controls”.

“Staff have discussed this with NRJV to negotiate additional soil stabilisation on those allotments that are under multiple ownerships,” he told them.

Mr Owens acknowledged to the residents that the water turbidity (opaqueness) levels were temporarily at unsatisfactory levels, but that “staff will be auditing the multiple allotments from Monday (March 6) to have those house construction sites stabilised” and he expected that to take most of the week.

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