Environmental Pollution

Air pollution, water pollution and land contamination from industrial or domestic sources can have a significant impact on the environment and on public health.

Air pollution

Managing large-scale industrial air pollution is a state government responsibility. See the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 and the NSW Environment Protection Authority website for details.

AlburyCity is responsible for complaints about air pollution that relate to industries or facilities that are not covered by the Act.

We’re also responsible for regulating and managing vegetation burn-offs that can contribute to air pollution. Our Controlled Burning Policy sets out a permit process and procedures for burning.

Smoke from wood heaters can pollute the air and cause health problems. To prevent your wood heater creating excessive smoke, follow these simple tips:

  • Burn on dry, seasoned and untreated wood
  • get a hot fire going quickly with plenty of paper and small kindling
  • keep the fire burning brightly
  • Don't overload your wood heater with too much wood
  • Have your flue professionally checked and cleaned regularly

For more information visit NSW EPA .

For information on air pollution and its health effects, see the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage website and the NSW Health website.

Water pollution

AlburyCity is committed to delivering the best water supply management service. Our environmental health officers conduct weekly rigorous testing to monitor the quality and safety of drinking water for Albury households and businesses. For more information on this service, see Water supply and management.

WaterNSW monitors the quality of rivers and waterways. The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and NSW Health also provide information on water quality and its effect on public health.

Land contamination

Land can be contaminated by solids (including asbestos), liquids, gases or odours that make it unsafe or unsuitable to live or work on.

Our Contaminated Land Management Policy sets out procedures to manage contaminated land. The relevant legislation is the Contaminated Land Management Act 1997.

The Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 sets out procedures for immediate responses to land pollution incidents. These can involve emergency services and local councils.

Report polluting activities

For a list of activities that can cause pollution see the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage website.

If you see any of these activities going on, please call the Office of Environment and Heritage hotline on 131 555 or get in touch via their website.