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Sewage seepage is Brunswick River’s biggest problem

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Notwithstanding any plans for the Brunswick Heads boat harbour and river, the water quality in the river remains the greatest impediment to any rejuvenation. The well known source of the pollution is Mullumbimby’s broken sewerage system mixing with stormwater.

Our shiny new sewerage treatment plant is inundated and therefore useless during regular storm events.

Those of us who swim regularly in the river and creek observe the result – green algae on the sand and poor visibility most of the time – the abundant shoals of fish are long gone. The system is not flushing as it once did.

The bar must be dredged and deepened to maintain flow in the river. A big reason for the demise of the fishing fleet is the unsafe bar.

The uncontrolled grazing of stock on the Brunswick remains an issue 150 years after settlement and must be changed.

BSC must replace the Mullumbimby sewerage pipes as a matter of urgency. A levy on ratepayers affected is a normal way to finance this work. Why has this not happened?

I am a supporter for modest change and maintenance of infrastructure at the boat harbour and wish the new operators well.

James Blacket, Myocum



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  1. “The well known source of the pollution is Mullumbimby’s broken sewerage system mixing with stormwater.” (James Bracket)

    The above statement reflects exactly what I have been saying in my blog for the past 2 years.

    The sewerage pipelines were not constructed according to engineering design. When there is heavy rainfall storm water, which should not enter the sewerage pipeline, does in fact rush into the pipeline and inundate the pipeline resulting in manholes popping open and waste water and raw sewerage rushing out onto the land and into the drains which lead into streams and rivers and finally into the sea.

    During the drought, when the water level is below the pipes, waste water ex-filtrates onto the land and seep into streams and drains.

    The same problem that James Bracket is stating in his post above is waiting to happen in Kota Kinabalu beaches.

    For details please read my blog at: http://www.seweragescam.blogspot.com


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