UPDATE  9/3/2015: Incident recorded below refers to a particular period during which works were undertaken.  More recent storm events are unlikely to produce the same results.  However during extreme storms turbidity readings are likely to be higher.  At other times brackish water (as opposed to sediment laden) results from leaching of Pteridium esculentum (Braken Fern). The fern is a ‘weed’ in this area.   See Laperouse Coastcare website for details of water quality testing undertaken at Happy Valley.

UPDATE 16/12/11 – Left – final report from EPA.

UPDATE:  9/11/2011:  Photo below was taken around 6.18pm today –  note black sludge.  Photo further below was taken the day after a similar storm event on 6/6/10.  There is a distinct contrast between the two.









The  photograph of Congwong Bay,below,was taken at 6.18pm 8/11/11.  Congwong Lagoon is dark and muddy and so too the water flowing into Congwong Bay.  Photographs and video were taken by Laperouse Explorers Streamwatcher, Will Peters.    It appears that the pollution has been caused by construction works being undertaken by Randwick City Council.   The matter has been reported to the EPA.  The Sydney Catchment Management Authority has been advised, so too Sydney Water Streamwatch, Councillors from Randwick City Council and local MP Michael Daley.  Updates will be posted as they become available.

8 Responses to “Congwong Bay plume and loss of containment”
  1. bill burst says:

    Thank You Linda
    Certainly won’t be going for a swim on Friday, disgusting.
    As for the water flows with recent rain, wrote feedback over 4 months ago , telling them this exact outcome.
    GM & Technical Manager better start covering there arses as they have a lot of explaining to do.
    Next week they start on road works on Bunnerong rd between Anzac pde and Yarra ave Residents side.
    If this council goes anywhere near the plants at the front of my house and neighbors, i will be seeking legal action and making sure its a lead story with Current Affairs, for a council thats suppose to be so green , i have never seen more concrete and ashphalt.

  2. GJOESQ says:

    Absolutely unacceptable. 🙁

  3. Kellie says:

    It would be a bit hard to dispute the facts here, great pictures. Well done!

  4. Leeanne Tyler says:

    Oh my goodness, what a shambles! Who was responsible for this?? We need to have eyes in the back of our heads to catch all the selfish idiots who abound in this world. These pictures cannot be disputed. Thanks, Lynda.

  5. gary blaschke says:

    Unfortunately it is left up to a handful of observant individuals to highlight the massive environmental damage that corporate Australia is getting away with. A few slaps on the wrist from the EPA , yet there should be a Shame list put out to the general community, so we can stop buying their products.

  6. admin says:

    Council wins court case against water polluter
    A developer building a multi-storey mixed use development at 495-503 Bunnerong Road Matraville has been fined $10,000 after being found guilty of dumping heavily polluted water into the stormwater system.

    Randwick City Council successfully took court action last week against Nahas Constructions in Waverley Local Court.

    On 17 June 2011 the developer discharged a large volume of sediment laden water from a building site into Council’s storm water system which runs eventually into Botany Bay. Prior to commencing Court proceedings, Council officers issued a verbal clean up notice to the operators of the site, and a written Direction to Take Clean Up Action notice.

    Under section 120 of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997, a person who pollutes any waters is guilty of an offence.

    After hearing submissions from the parties last week, Magistrate Milledge imposed a fine of $10,000 and ordered the defendant company to pay Council’s costs and other Court costs.

    Randwick Mayor Scott Nash said the Court’s decision should be a warning for all potential polluters, and a reminder to all developers to take responsibility for their waste material and dispose of it appropriately.

    “The community can be assured that Council will continue investigating and prosecuting developers who flout the law in this way and show such blatant disregard for our natural environment,” Mayor Nash said.

    Media enquiries:
    Katie Moses 0420 277 567 katie.moses@randwick.nsw.gov.au
    Josh Hay 0402 351 459 joshua.hay@randwick.nsw.gov.au

    Date published: 14 June 2012

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