Menu

Fish kill causes

I refer to Suzie Deyris’s letter in Echonetdaily  November 24 concerning ‘a slimy green mat all along Belongil Beach… and a large number of dead fish along the tide line of Main Beach on Tuesday November 18.’ This was well before the current storms that occurred in the Bay.

A constellation of factors presents itself in relation to this concern.

1. The current wetland sewerage system remains at Stage 1 in development (Stage 2 and Stage 3 were mooted many years ago). Information to hand indicates that this system is coping with the inflow of effluent but not the outflow. A recent published letter was submitted to The Echo advising of outflow waters leaching onto a nearby farming property. The extent of water necessitated the removal of cattle to higher land.

2. Two decades ago the Belongil waters were tested, revealing dangerous residues in the creek sands. In particular, cadmium was noted. In other words any heavy dumping of materials in this sensitive estuary will stir up these dangerous deposits.

3. Flannery’s development has been in progress for well over six months. Has Council monitored this development recently? In particular, the removal of waste materials?

4. Has Council completed a comprehensive report on the functioning of Stage 1 of the sewerage works?

Fish kills are very serious and their source needs to be investigated. In a metaphorical sense this is the oceanic ‘canary in the coalmine’ factor. Toxic waters can affect the brain and sight of living organisms (humans included). Gut viruses in the human brain destroy co-ordination.

Before the wrecking ball of proposed development ignites in Byron, in particular West Byron and Ewingsdale developments, the above issue remains of imperative public interest. Once again I ask will the pro-development Byron councillors submit to the Byron community the proposed treatment of sewage plan? Will this plan include Stage 2 and Stage 3 development? The community urgently requests this plan for it will no doubt specifically support inappropriate development, aided by lots of ‘pollyspeak’.

Two questions more in relation to this proposed infrastructure – Who pays? Who gains?

Jo Faith, Newtown

 


One response to “Fish kill causes”

  1. Jan VOS says:

    YES MS FAITH:
    Belongil & Byron Bay in great depth of Enviromental danger & vandalism…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 

Become a supporter of The Echo

A note from the editorial team

Some of The Echo’s editorial team: journalists Paul Bibby and Aslan Shand, editor Hans Lovejoy, photographer Jeff Dawson and Mandy Nolan

The Echo has never underestimated the intelligence and passion of its readers. In a world of corporate banality and predictability, The Echo has worked hard for more than 30 years to help keep Byron and the north coast unique with quality local journalism and creative ideas. We think this area needs more voices, reasoned analysis and ideas than just those provided by News Corp, lifestyle mags, Facebook groups and corporate newsletters.

The Echo is one hundred per cent locally owned and one hundred per cent independent. As you have probably gathered from what is happening in the media industry, it is not cheap to produce a weekly newspaper and a daily online news service of any quality.

We have always relied entirely on advertising to fund our operations, but often loyal readers who value our local, independent journalism have asked how they could help ensure our survival.

Any support you can provide to The Echo will make an enormous difference. You can make a one-off contribution or a monthly one. With your help, we can continue to support a better informed local community and a healthier democracy for another 30 years.”

Echonetdaily is made possible by the support of all of our advertisers and is brought to you by this week's sponsor  Falls Festival