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March 23, 2023

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With just a few days until we head to the polls, The Echo asked the candidates for the seat of Lismore one last bunch of questions.

Pyramid Holiday Park on Kennedy Drive in Tweed Heads West has taken advantage of council’s recent offer of $5000 to implement a water-saving project through the council’s Top 20 program.

The grant will allow 60 new four-star rated cisterns and pans to be installed, replacing older-style single-flush toilets, with expected water savings of about 1.2 million litres per year or about 60 backyard swimming pools.

Council’s demand management program leader Elizabeth Seidl said this also amounts to dollar savings, a win for the environment and a boost in the business’s green credentials.

‘An old-style single-flush toilet could use up to 12 litres of water per flush, while a standard dual-flush toilet uses just a quarter of this on a half flush,’ Ms Seidl said.

Pyramid Holiday Park manager Gwenda Byrne said, ‘The offer of $5000 from council, and the support and advice, really motivated us to get moving and has allowed us to make headway on improving water savings’.

Council’s Demand Management Strategy shows that the top 20 high-water-using businesses together consume a combined total of 590 megalitres each year – equivalent to 236 Olympic swimming pools.

Council has contacted and met with all of the shire’s top 20 business users with a view to bringing them all on board.

‘Businesses who wish to start a water-saving project through the Tweed’s Top 20 will receive a free water assessment, support, promotion opportunities and financial assistance of up to $5000,’ Ms Seidl said.

For more information about Tweed’s Top 20 go to council’s website www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/TweedTop20/Default.aspx.

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