Keeping Stormwater & Waterways Clean


Protecting the quality of our waterways is a goal of our community. You can help prevent pollutants from entering the drains and the waterways.

1.Plant Natives

Since they have evolved in natural conditions many native plants do not need excess care like fertilizers, extra watering, or other chemical applications like many non-native species need.  Native plants are often superior to exotic plants in terms of stormwater management because they usually have deeper and more extensive root systems that prevent erosion and provide extra filtration. Since natives also require little to no fertilizer or chemical applicants, both of which can harm stream ecosystems, they are superior for improving water quality. Minimizing maintenance by choosing native plants will also save you time and money by cutting costs related to mowing, fertilizing, and watering your lawn

2.Don’t Drip and Drive- Fix car leaks.

Regularly service your car. This stops leaking oil getting into the stormwater system. It only takes one litre of oil to contaminate a thousand tonnes of water.

3.Car Wash away from Drains

Wash your vehicle on the grass or take it to an environment-friendly car wash at a service station. This will reduce the amount of runoff and water your lawn at the same time.

4.Scoop the Poop – Pet waste

Pet waste contains bacteria and disease-causing organisms that can infect people and pets. Bag pet waste and throw it in the trash. Bacteria from pet waste gets into the streams and rivers

5.Report Dumping – Only Rain down the Rain

When using water-based paint, clean up over soil or grass. Don't hose household cleaners, paint, concrete cleaning or any other chemicals down the stormwater drain. Report dumping into storm drains or oil spills by calling the council on 03 687 7200

Last updated: 26 Mar 2020