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It’s been a long time coming but yesterday Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell and Richmond Valley mayor Col Sullivan turned the first sod of the North Woodburn Wastewater Scheme.

Lismore City Council has contributed $1.2 million to connect around 50 houses in North Woodburn to the wastewater scheme while Richmond Valley Council will administer the project. This will allow the NWWS and the Broadwater Wastewater Scheme to be constructed as part of one contract.

The councils say combining the schemes will save ratepayers of both councils money.

Lismore City Council strategic engineer Rod Haig said the NWWS presented a unique set of problems and he thanked locals who have remained patient and supportive throughout the project’s development.

‘Given the types of soils in the area, the high water table and proximity to the river, we’ve had to deal with a complex set of environmental and public health issues,’ Mr Haig said.

‘Residents have been very understanding throughout the process and we know they have been waiting many years for this to come to fruition. It’s very satisfying for us as Council employees to see work begin and it’s a genuinely happy day for North Woodburn residents.’


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