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Renovator Safety

Demolition of Structures

Development approval (planning and building) is required for demolition (complete or partial) or removal of a building/structure. This includes the demolition of commercial buildings (ie. shops, offices etc), houses, sheds, verandahs and garages.

Precautions should be taken by the person(s) carrying out demolition to ensure the safety of people using adjoining premises or public places. Where necessary demolition contractors or persons responsible for carrying out the work shall take precautions such as temporary fencing, bunting or scaffolding to prevent access onto the site. If, to ensure the safety of the public, it is considered necessary to block a public area such as the footpath, please contact Council's Infrastructure and Assets Department on 1300 785 277.

For further information please refer to Councils Information Guide on Demolition

Please complete a Demolition Proposal Form and a Development Application form (attached to Demolition Proposal Form) with the details required and submit to Council for assessment when considering undertaking any demolition of structures. Demolition Proposal Form(530 kb)

Lead Paint Information

The following information has been provided by the Australian Government, Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.

Paint containing lead was used in many Australian houses. Houses built before 1970 are most at risk, but those built more recently may also have paint containing lead in some areas. Exposure to lead is a health hazard. Even small amounts of dust or chips of paint containing lead, generated during minor home repairs, can be a health risk. Anyone painting a house or doing maintenance that could disturb paint containing lead should avoid exposing themselves and their families, neighbours and pets to its hazards.

The booklet titled "Lead Paint - Six Step Guide to painting your home" aims to provide basic information for do-it-yourself renovators on the risks associated with paint containing lead and on practical steps to keep those risks as low as possible. Ideally, however, houses with paint containing lead should be assessed and the appropriate steps to deal with the problem should be taken by trained professionals.

To review a copy of the booklet please click on the following link;

Lead Paint -The six step guide to painting your home(1115 kb)

Coorong District Council Asbestos Policy

The main use of asbestos in Australia has been in the manufacture of asbestos cement products. However it was also used as sprayed asbestos fibre for insulation and fire protection in buildings and industrial plant. This latter type of insulation consists almost entirely of asbestos fibre held together by a bonding agent, which if disturbed, releases asbestos fibre and dust into the air.

Asbestos fibres sealed into sheets, pipes, tiles etc by a binder are less hazardous once either the sheets or tiles are fixed in place or pipes have been laid.

The Coorong District Council has developed this policy to assist with the safe removal and disposal of asbestos products.  This policy applies to anyone disposing asbestos in the Tailem Bend Waste Depot facility.

To view a copy of the policy please click on the following details.

Asbestos Policy Tailem Bend Waste Depot, March 2012(185 kb)

Asbestos and the Home Renovator

Safework SA have developed a booklet "Asbestos and the Home Renovator" which provides safety information and safe work procedures for the homeowner. Safety control measures outlined within the publication ensure awareness of the risks associated with expose to asbestos fibres and by following guidelines how this can be minimised.

For a copy of the publication please click on the following link; Asbestos and the Home Renovator(212 kb)

This information has been supplied by Safework SA and further information can be sourced on http://www.safework.sa.gov.au/

Building safely near powerlines

To protect people and property, minimum safe clearances from powerlines have been established in the Electricity(General) Regulations 1997.  The regulations under this Act prescribe minimum safe clearance distances that must be complied with.

Applicants are required to sign a declaration when submitting a development application to state that the proposed development will not be contrary to the regulations.  Please see the Development Application page for a copy of this form.

The attached brochure "Building safely near powerlines" by the Office of the Technical Regulator provides information on those clearances and tips on how to stay safe when building near powerlines.  Please note that if the minimum safe clearance is not met by your building/structure, then you will be required to:

  • Relocate to ensure clearance is met, or
  • Contact the Office of the Techinical Regulator to determine if an exemption can be received, and if so then to receive confirmation in writing.

Before starting work on your building you need to know and consider:

  • the type of powerlines near the proposed building or structure – eg aerial, underground, high or low voltage.
  • the amount of swing or sag of overhead powerlines.
  • the location of the building or structure in relation to the powerline – allow enough space for a safe work environment, future structures or scaffolds and trees.

For a copy of the publication please click on the following link;

Building safely near powerlines(1439 kb)


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95-101 Railway Terrace, Tailem Bend SA 5260

PO Box 399, Tailem Bend SA 5260

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