Improving water quality in the Macquarie River

Improving water quality in the Macquarie River

The health of the Macquarie River throughout the Dubbo Regional Council area is a matter of on-going interest for the community. Mayor of Dubbo Councillor Ben Shields is supporting actions to enhance overall water quality in the river through a Mayoral Minute included in the agenda for Council’s Ordinary Meeting on Monday night.

“It’s long been said that one of this region’s greatest assets is the Macquarie River,” Councillor Shields said.

“However, there is community concern about the amount of litter and rubbish in the river. Various community organisations such as the Inland Waterways Rejuvenation Association and the volunteers who support Clean Up Australia Day each year share a passion for a clean healthy river system,” he said. “Council also has an important role to play through the effective management of stormwater flows including the installation and maintenance of Gross Pollutant Traps to help protect river health,” Councillor Shields said.

Dubbo Regional Council has 58 Gross Pollutant Traps installed within Wellington and Dubbo to help gather rubbish from storm water drains before it hits the river.

A recent clean out of Council’s GPTs collected 88 cubic metres of material from traps within the Dubbo City area and a further 30 cubic metres from traps in Wellington.​