Alan Dickens, Brunswick Heads
What has it cost the rate payers of Byron Shire to have the Clause 45 Sewerage Moratorium lifted?.
The main issue for clause 45 was overloaded waste water treatment plants in BSC.
Wastewater Steering Committees were formed to make recommendations to council on the sewerage problems.
A strategy was formulated to remove effluent from our rivers and creeks plus insure that effluent leaving the STP’s was of a suitable standard for reuse.
The EPA actually wanted 100 % reuse generated from West Byron as a condition of BSC being able to take South Byron STP offline as is usually the case the EPA goes missing as far as insuring this or any target has been reached.
I believe the reuse system from West Byron is a sham there are simply not enough sites to take the reuse being generated by West Byron STP so where is it going?.
The majority is being pumped to the Byron Bay Golf Course dam but the golf course uses the effluent from Byron at Byron as their main source of irrigation not the water in the dam so why keep pumping effluent from West Byron STP into it?..
The report going to council from the Utility Manager employed by BSC on the 2nd. of June page 84/85 state that the effluent leaving Brunswick Valley STP is not even suitable to flush toilets with or to be used for irrigating food crops or sporting fields etc. this was supposedly a cutting Waste Water Treatment Plant so what has happened, it would not have anything to do with the deep infiltration entering the gravity mains causing the plant to be hydraulically overloaded would it?.
There has to be some serious questions asked here as to the competency of the management employed by BSC in Water and Recycling.
The management of W&R have used excuses and misleading information so that this absolute mess remains a secret it is time the General Manager Ken Gainger starting asking some serious questions of the Director of W&R Phil Holloway as to are the people employed to manage the operational section of W&R competent to do the job.
This fact that after all the millions they have spent of rate payer’s funds since 2002 and we still have this mess in W&R you would have to think not.