Actions for a healthy catchment

Stormwater issues

  • Make sure only water goes down your outside drains

  • Use natural fertilisers and pesticides on your garden, hand weed and control weeds with mulch

  • Use biodegradable cleaning fluids

  • Use cleaning products with no phosphorous

  • Wash your car on the lawn, wash paint brushes in a bucket & tip onto the grass or base of tree

  • Wrap used cooking oils and put them in the rubbish bin

  • Let leftover paints or solvents evaporate and put containers in the rubbish bin

  • Take used motor oil to a service station that recycles it

  • Control runoff with plantings secure building site to stop runoff (keep soil, sand, paint etc out of the gutters)

  • Install onsite waste management systems

  • Store toxic chemicals safely

  • Collect and bin or bury dog droppings

  • Put all rubbish in the correct bin

  • Keep school and work yards free of litter

  • Rake up leaves and grass clipping to compost or use as mulch

  • Repair fluid leaks from your car

  • Soak up car oil spills with newspaper and sand and dispose of in the rubbish bin

  • Use a sink sieve to stop tea leaves and other food scraps going down the drain

Stock, water and land management issues

  • Maintain septic systems

  • Wash your car on the lawn

  • Wrap used cooking oils & put them in the rubbish bin

  • Let leftover paints or solvents evaporate and put containers in the rubbish bin

  • Take used motor oil to a service station that recycles it

  • Control runoff with sedimentation dams

  • Minimise erosion with mulch and plantings

  • Plough across the hill

  • Make sure only water goes down your outside drains

  • Use natural fertilizers and pesticides and control weeds and exotic plants

  • Control stock movements on flood plains

  • Keep a buffer of vegetation next to creeks and waterways

  • Fence river banks to keep stock from wading and/or build off river stock watering points

  • Keep vegetation on steep slopes

  • Control manure produced by animal farming

  • Allow natural flooding

  • Retain bushland for native habitat and vegetation corridors

  • Leave logs in waterways for fish habitat

  • Rotate crop paddocks and garden beds.

Waste reduction issues

  • Bring your own shopping bags, remember to bring your refillable water bottle

  • Only toilet paper goes down the toilet

  • Contact Council about disposal of unwanted chemicals, mobile phones, batteries, electrical goods and light globes

  • Install onsite waste management systems

  • For industry rethink, reduce, reuse, recycle to generate less waste

  • Put all rubbish in the correct bin

  • Use unbleached paper products.

Biodiversity issues

  • Plant native plants in your garden, use mulch and compost reduce lawn areas and only let the rain water it

  • Put a bell on your cat and keep indoors

  • Prevent all pets from harming native animals

  • Create habitats for local native animals and plants

  • Join a Landcare group and help with revegetation projects work with your neighbours to recreate vegetation corridors

  • Compost your garden and kitchen scraps and use in your backyard

  • Report injured wildlife to Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers

  • Compost weeds and garden waste

  • Get to know what are exotic plants and weeds

  • Get to know your common native birds, plants and animals

  • Practice safe pest control by trying with companion plants

  • Keep to paths and walkways

  • Take only photographs and leave nothing behind in native parks or bushland, observe signs and regulations

  • Keep vines, shrubs, trees etc in the garden, ensure nothing escapes into native bushland.

Water issues

  • Install water efficient appliances (3+ star shower roses, 4+ star washing machines, dual-flush toilet & tanks and tap flow restrictors)

  • Take shorter showers

  • Turn the tap off while you brush your teeth

  • Use the dual flush button on the toilet

  • Fix leaky taps

  • Plant native plants in your garden, use mulch and compost reduce lawn areas and let the rain

  • Do the watering water your garden only when it needs it (test the dampness & get to know your soil)

  • Wash clothes or dishes with a full load

  • Sweep paths and paved areas.

Marine and coastal issues

  • Take home bait bags and unwanted fishing line

  • Report injured marine and coastal wildlife to Seabird Rescue

  • Put cigarette butts in the bin

  • Anchor off shore and wade to land

  • Keep a lid on all rubbish bins in boats

  • Take care with boat oil and petrol

  • Keep to beach paths and walkways and be careful to stay off the dunes and plants

  • Report chemicals or dead fish in the waterways

  • Observe signs and regulations

  • Know the local fishing regulations and keep to size and bag limits

  • Observe speed limits in boats

  • Help to protect riverbanks, mangroves and seagrass beds.

Aboriginal cultural and heritage issues

  • Go on walk or to talks with the local indigenous elders

  • Take an interest in local issues past, present and future.