21.5 C
Byron Shire
March 9, 2021

Water wise workshops

Latest News

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 10 March, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 10 March, 2021

Other News

Missing teen located safe and well near Tweed Heads

A teen missing in the state’s North has been located safe and well.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Aged Care Fail

Our aged care system is broken. We didn’t need a Royal Commission to tell us that many of our old people have been abused by the system that is supposed to care for them. But now we have hard evidence that we are failing our elders. Some of the data that has been released is shocking. One in five residents have experienced sexual or physical abuse.

Ben Hamilton riding for kids with cancer

Ballina man Ben Hamilton is riding his bike 500km to help young kids with cancer.

Suspicion and belief

Fast Buck$, Coorabell My suspicion is that the mayor and the senior staff have been helping Michael Lyon become electable...

Thirteen students inducted into Tweed Youth Council

The Youth Council program hopes develop better relations between Council and Tweed’s young people, by encouraging a mutual respect, and providing opportunities to contribute to civic life in a constructive and meaningful manner.

Not quite ‘too late’

Desmond Bellamy, PETA Australia Sir David Attenborough, the world’s most famous naturalist, has just addressed the United Nations Security Council to...

The Water Wise Workshops, held by the Caldera Environment Centre and the Northern Rivers Guardians last week, showcased Sydney’s Olympic Park water-management system and told the beautiful story of a toxic waste-site transformed into a conservation wonderland.

It made Tweed’s water challenges look relatively easy.

To hear that the Water Authority had such faith in the system that they were willing to test it on the Olympics was so inspiring.

Olympic Park now achieves water savings of 40–90 per cent through reusing water for toilets, gardens and other appropriate uses such as laundry, air-conditioners, the numerous water fountains and the extensive wetlands.

It was clear from both presenters that having a number of diverse water-supply methods is far superior to having only one source of water supply. We hope to continue this conversation with Council and we will be hosting further public workshops in the future.

I would like to thank Tweed Council’s GM David Keenan, Council staff and Crs Milne, Longland and Holdom for attending the workshop specially organised for the council, and also to Mr Reg Van Rij, manager of Leda Developments, who responded to our invitation and joined in the discussions with the community on Saturday.

And our special thanks to the two presenters Dr Andrzej Listowski from Sydney Olympic Park and Duncan Thomson from Geolink Consulting in Lennox Head for sharing their wonderful stories and expertise.

Joanna Gardner, coordinator

 


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

1 COMMENT

  1. Why weren’t councillors Polglase, Youngblutt, Skinner and van Lieshout present? Don’t they want to learn about wise water use? Or are they so fixed on damming (=damning) Byrrill Creek that they can’t admit they could be wrong?

    It was a brilliant presentation, professional and very inspiring. Even Leda’s manager appeared to be impressed and surprised us all by showing genuine interest in the techniques used at SOP.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Interview with Mell Coppin and Zara Noruzi, from Byron Comedy Festival

Byron Bay Comedy Festival: Bringing in the Laughs. Last year wiped out our entire entertainment program, but while things aren’t completely back to normal, it’s looking up. The easing of COVID-19 Public Health restrictions means that smaller events are back!

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Aged Care Fail

Our aged care system is broken. We didn’t need a Royal Commission to tell us that many of our old people have been abused by the system that is supposed to care for them. But now we have hard evidence that we are failing our elders. Some of the data that has been released is shocking. One in five residents have experienced sexual or physical abuse.

Sowing the seed for a connected, local food chain

Lisa Machin If you’ve ever been to the New Brighton or Mullum Farmers Markets you’d be forgiven if you thought you were seeing double. Over the...

The moveable feast

David Lowe There’s never been a better time to revisit the classic picnic and its many variants. With many venues moving to focus on outdoor dining...