Public Hazards and Nuisances

We all have to do our part to ensure that we are abiding by rules and regulations that make our community a safe and enjoyable place to live. Find out what you can do to report on any public hazard or issues that you have come across.

The two main air pollution issues handled by local government are odour complaints and smoke from wood fires.
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Air Pollution

It is estimated one in three homes contain asbestos, a dangerous material that should never be handled lightly.

Asbestos handling and removal

Graffiti is best removed as soon as possible. If you come across graffiti on Council property, phone Council’s Graffiti Hotline on 1800 199 282.


llegal dumping costs Council and the community thousands of dollars each year and damages our environment.
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Illegal Dumping

Using waste as 'fill' without approval can harm your family’s health, devalue your property and leave you with substantial cleanup costs.

Illegal Landfill

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has launched a new system that allows the public to report littering offences from vehicles.

Littering from Vehicles

Council has some power to investigate offensive noise, though it is generally best to try to resolve the problem without involving the authorities.


Owners and occupiers are responsible for the maintenance of their property, ensuring a safe and healthy environment.

Overgrown and Unsightly Land

Hornsby Shire is surrounded by natural waterways so great care must be taken to avoid water pollution.
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Water Pollution

Plants that significantly impact upon the natural environment, the community or the economy should be controlled. Weeds cause significant damage to our unique environment and it is up to all of us to help control them.


Abandoned trolleys can obstruct roads or footpaths, become a trip hazard or end up in our waterways.
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Abandoned Trolleys

Council officers investigate reports of unattended property including vehicles in public places.
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Unattended Vehicles