Dust and smoke are the most prevalent sources of poor air quality within the Shire of Mundaring.
Sand drift and dust problems can be a nuisance to the community. Most problems with sand drift and dust arise from subdivision developments, building sites, brick cartage trucks, land clearing, industrial properties, road works, excavation sites, landfill sites and storms. Dust control is particularly important in dry weather due to the increase in winds, drying out rates, water conservation measures and the reduction in grasses. This information sheet gives you advice on reducing sand drift and dust problems.
As a landowner you are required to prevent sand or dust causing a nuisance, whether it affects private land or Shire land such as verges, footpaths and roads. The Shire of Mundaring suggests that the following actions be taken to minimise the amount of dust produced when building or developing land.
Apply water or a binding agent.
Hydro-mulch the effected area.
Erect a temporary screen in the direction of the prevailing winds and to prevent vehicles from driving on the land.
Ensure trucks leaving the site are covered and that any spillage onto the ground surface and roads is promptly removed.
Smoke contributes heavily to air pollution as well as having an adverse effect on the health of the public. When burning, it is suggested that all measures are taken in order to reduce the amount of smoke produced. These measures include ensuring that you burn dry waste and ensuring that the fire is burning extremely hot rather than just smouldering. Should you have an issue with smoke, it is essential that you contact the Shire of Mundaring immediately in order to have the issue resolved.
Further information is available at the Department of Health (external website) - http://www.public.health.wa.gov.au/3/1142/2/air_quality.pm
You can reduce smoke pollution from your chimney by following these simple steps:
§ Keep your firewood dry and in a well-ventilated area.
§ Never burn green, wet or treated wood.
§ Have your flue checked and cleaned by a professional before winter begins.
Further information on reducing smoke emissions is available at the Department of Environment and Conservation (external website) - Wood Smoke
If you require further information, please contact Environmental Health Services by calling 9290 6666.