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Builders in breach during enforcement operation

Builders in breach during enforcement operation

Thursday, March 21, 2024

In the first joint operation between the City of Whittlesea and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) numerous builders were found to be violating environmental regulations.  
During a recent operation, officers inspected more than 40 building sites across the City of Whittlesea. Of the sites inspected, only one was deemed fully compliant, while the remainder will be issued with notices to comply and a range of infringements for violation of the Environmental Protection Act (2017) and the City of Whittlesea’s Building Site Code of Practice.   

Common issues included temporary fences causing hazards to pedestrians, sediment flowing into stormwater, overfilled bins and uncontained litter on site.  

City of Whittlesea CEO Craig Lloyd welcomed the partnership approach with the EPA, saying Council takes environmental responsibility seriously.  

“The outcome of this operation highlights the need for ongoing oversight to safeguard the natural environment and ensure builders are upholding their responsibility to keep sites clean and compliant,” Craig said. 

“While we found builders in breach of environmental protection laws during these inspections, we acknowledge there are many other builders out there who are doing the right thing.  

“We will be addressing the issues found through this joint operation by educating builders and issuing fines where necessary. Together with the EPA, we are committed to working collaboratively to uphold the highest environmental standards in our community." 

EPA North Regional Manager Jeremy Settle said, “With this partnership, EPA Victoria and City of Whittlesea have sent a very clear message to builders and construction sites in the area - we are vigilant, and we are enforcing compliance. Don’t wait for us to tell you what to do. Everyone has a duty to act to protect the environment. It’s part of your business to find out your obligations under the law.” 

To learn more about the Environmental Protection Act (2017) visit  

To learn more about the Building Site Code of Practice visit