16 C
Byron Shire
December 1, 2022

Woolies’ neighbours losing sleep over drilling

Latest News

Roller skating, skateboarding and more for Lismore

The ‘Lismore Urban Sports Precinct’ will deliver skateboarding, roller skating, BMX, scootering and sport climbing infrastructure as well as associated recreational infrastructure. 

Other News

Support for the Mullum Show

What a privilege it was as an older resident to be able to participate and enjoy the annual Mullumbimby...

Byron’s historic jetty engine unveiled

A piece of Byron Bay history, the old Green Frog jetty engine, has been restored and is now on permanent display at the Byron Bay Railway Station.

A treasured community asset

The Bowlo, a treasured community asset in Bangalow very popular with young families, is now destined to be part...

Roller skating, skateboarding and more for Lismore

The ‘Lismore Urban Sports Precinct’ will deliver skateboarding, roller skating, BMX, scootering and sport climbing infrastructure as well as associated recreational infrastructure. 

Blue-green algae at Clarrie Hall Dam

Low levels of blue-green algae has been detected at Clarrie Hall Dam, Tweed’s main facility for water storage. A green alert has been issued for the dam.

Sunday choral celebration to raise funds for new Syrian refugee families

Two Syrian refugee families have been welcomed on the Northern Rivers in recet months as part of a national resettlement pilot program featuring just ten families.

Chris Dobney

People neighbouring the Woolworths store in Station Street, Mullumbimby, say they have been inundated with noise on a daily basis for the past week caused by drilling works at the site.

Echonetdaily reader Heidi, whose property is opposite, says her young children can’t sleep during the day owing to the noise from the drilling and an associated diesel generator.

Heidi said she was also concerned about ‘a whole heap of chemicals’ loaded onto a ute accompanying the rig ‘probably to lubricate the drill’.

She said neighbours had no correspondence from Byron Shire Council that the works were starting or what they were doing.

‘It went on for four days last week until I made a complaint and the drilling stopped.

‘But they rocked up again at 11am today and told me they’re going to be doing for it for two more weeks.

‘I have huge concerns about my child, who’s had headaches every day because of the noise. It’s barely 20m from my front door. Council should do something about it – it wouldn’t be hard to put noise buffer around it.’

Additionally, she said, ‘it smells really bad. Apparently a septic pump has died.’

It was a condition of Woolworths’ controversial DA to build in Mullumbimby in 2008 that they install their own sewerage works, given that at the time the town’s new sewerage treatment plant had yet to be commissioned.

However, on this occasion it is not Woolworths that is responsible for the work and the noise but Byron Shire Council itself.

Council’s community infrastructure director Phil Holloway told Echonetdaily the works were associated with ‘an essential upgrade program of Mullumbimby sewerage system’.

‘It is anticipated that the drilling rig will continue in the current location until Wednesday lunchtime,’ he said.

‘The machine will then locate slightly towards the rail line and away from houses, which should then improve the noise and odours.

‘While we apologise for the inconvenience it is causing neighbouring properties, the works are necessary to prevent potential overflows of sewage that could cause environmental damage in times of high wet weather,’ he said.


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.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Firefighter injured battling large blaze in vehicle scrap yard

Fire fighters battled explosions and large blaze in a vehicle scrap yard at Trenayr, north of Grafton on Monday.

World AIDS Day – time to end transmission

Over 40 million people have died worldwide of AIDS over the last 41 years and ending the transmission of HIV is the aim of a specialist taskforce being set up by the Federal Government announced today on World AIDS Day 2022. 

Climate change a threat to local Gondwana rainforest mountain frogs

A new Southern Cross University study predicts that two species of mountain frogs located on the NSW/Queensland border are on track to be extinct by 2055.

Ballina council to kick-start waste reduction policies and projects

The Ballina Shire Council has voted unanimously to adopt a newly drafted policy aimed at waste reduction.