Stormwater education to protect the Diamond Creek waterway

Published on 23 August 2019

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Nillumbik Shire Council and Bio2Lab are working with local businesses to protect the health of the Diamond Creek waterway by preventing stormwater pollution.

The Stormwater Pollution Education Program is a new initiative between Council and Greensborough-based data analytics company Bio2Lab, focussing on the Eltham Industrial Estate area.

During August and September, Bio2Lab will visit businesses in the industrial area, which is adjacent to the Diamond Creek waterway, to provide advice about preventing contaminants from reaching the creek via stormwater runoff.

Mayor Karen Egan believes this initiative is a great opportunity for local businesses to showcase their commitment to sustainability.

“By making a few small changes to everyday practices, businesses in the Eltham Industrial Estate can help improve water quality and wildlife health in and around the Diamond Creek waterway,” Cr Egan said.

“We encourage business owners to talk with Bio2Lab representatives about simple, low-cost ways to make their business more environmentally-friendly.”

Councillor Jane Ashton, Environment and Sustainability portfolio Chair, said businesses in the industrial estate can play an important part in promoting a healthy local environment.

“Stormwater from the industrial estate area enters Diamond Creek via the Karringal-Yallock drain. Initial testing has shown that this untreated runoff is picking up pollutants such as oil, copper and zinc, which can cause damage to our creeks and wildlife,” Cr Ashton said.

“We all need to do our bit to protect our environment, and we’re working with businesses to make simple but effective changes to prevent stormwater pollution.”

Businesses in the Eltham Industrial Estate are invited to attend Stormwater & Smoko – a morning tea and information session at 10am on Friday 30 August at 1/31 Peel Street to learn more about stormwater management and its impact on local waterways.

Visit nillumbik.vic.gov.au/stormwater for more information.