When investigating a dust complaint, Council considers the:

  • amount of dust being emitted;
  • duration and rate of emission and the dust’s characteristics and qualities;
  • sensitivity of the environment into which the dust is being emitted and the potential impacts; and
  • number of complaints received and the views of nearby residents.

Ways you can reduce dust emissions include:

  • have a work plan
  • consider weather conditions before starting work
  • retain vegetation – even low or small amounts of vegetation can significantly lower wind speed and reduce the amount of dust leaving a site
  • use any onsite waste as a dust barrier
  • erect a dust fence
  • water topsoil
  • use products such as hydro mulch for large areas