Sand Drift Prevention and Sediment Control

Sand drift from development sites can result in dust, causing a nuisance to neighbouring properties.

Sand drift can also contribute to the formation of sediment in stormwater drains, where the costs of remediation can be considerable.

Drains blocked by sediment will reduce the capacity of the stormwater system, which may result in flooding.

Property owners and developers are responsible for sediment control. The following measures, if implemented at an early stage, can help to control the amount of sediment produced:

  • reducing disturbance during excavations and site works;
  • restricting vehicle access;
  • stockpiling sand and gravel;
  • identifying water flow patterns; and
  • implementing precautions such as installing sediment control fences.

Download the following guidelines to view guidelines on sand drift prevention and sediment control.

pdf.png   Sand Drift Prevention and Sediment Control Guidelines


Those who do not work to control the amount of sand drift and sediment from development sites could be infringed.

Local governments have the power under section 3.25 and schedule 3.1 (6) of the Local Government Act 1995 to:

Take specified measures for preventing or minimising the movement of sand, silt, clay or rocks on or from the land if, in the opinion of the local government, that movement would be likely to adversely affect other land.


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Last Updated: 23/01/2014