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Submissions invited on LPSC’s draft Managing Contaminated or Potentially Contaminated Land Policy

Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) recently resolved to place the draft Managing Contaminated or Potentially Contaminated Land Policy on public exhibition and to seek submissions on the document from the community.

Submissions close on Wednesday 31 March. The draft policy is available for viewing at LPSC’s Administration Centre, 60 Station Street Quirindi, between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, on Council’s website at or an email copy can be obtained by emailing

“The draft Managing Contaminated or Potentially Contaminated Land Policy aims to provide a framework to assist Council, residents and proponents of development to respond proactively to contaminated land-based hazards and risks,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM.

“The draft Policy has been designed to enable Council to meet its statutory obligations when carrying out planning and regulatory functions in respect to contaminated lands. Such functions include, but are not limited to the:

  • provision of Section 10.7 Planning Certificates;
  • assessment of Development Applications;
  • rezoning of land;
  • reporting of contaminated land;
  • regulation of underground petroleum storage systems; and
  • release of information in accordance with the requirements of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009.

“Additionally, the draft Policy seeks to assist Council to identify, assess, record and manage contaminated land, and educate the community about contaminated land processes and risks,” he said.

“The Policy is an outcome of the Regional Contaminated Land Capacity Building Program funded by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA). LPSC participates in the Program through the Namoi Joint Organisation - Namoi Unlimited, which includes the Gunnedah, Gwydir, and Walcha Shire Councils and Tamworth Regional Council. The draft Policy has been developed in consultation with these Councils,” he continued.

“If you have further enquiries please contact LPSC’s Planning staff on 6746 1755 or email,” he concluded.