State's largest clean-up of shorelines and waterways underway

Published: 18 Apr 2021

The state’s largest ever clean-up of its shorelines and rivers, following the recent floods and storms, is well underway. 

The statewide clean-up will see crews using innovative technology and aerial surveillance markings of where debris and waste is located up and down the coast.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said crews have already made a significant start by mapping the debris and waste discovered submerged in our rivers, on shorelines, and in the sea.

“They have already covered an immense area from the Victorian border to north of Coffs Harbour,” Mr Barilaro said.

“So far they have tagged more than 1000 items such as parts of caravans, chemical drums and containers, agricultural waste, large hay bales, cars, buildings etc, so we know where this needs to be picked up.” 

Environment Minister, Matt Kean said the recent floods and storms had a significant impact on water quality and reminded the community to be careful of debris in the water and to report large waste build up on any public lands.

“The clean-up will take time and we ask people to be patient but more importantly ask them to remain safe, whether they are involved in the clean-up or using their local waterways and beaches,” Mr Kean said.

Members of the community can assist the clean-up of their local area by reporting flood debris in local rivers and beaches to the Environment Line on 131 555 or

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