14.6 C
Byron Shire
April 16, 2021

Secrecy over polluted airport land

Latest News

Sally Flannery discovers dark side of ‘Lovemore’

Since declaring her interest in running for Lismore Council, local woman Sally Flannery has been subjected to sustained attacks, both online and upon her property.

Other News

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The New Resilience

Resilience is dead. The word has been overused. Some may say the word is no longer resilient. We broke it. It’s unfortunate because it was a really good word.

Mullum’s lilac house the subject of Change.org petition

The plight of a Mullum resident has touched the hearts and injustice buttons of people far and wide who feel that a requirement that she repaint her house a heritage colour and possibly pay a fine, not only ridiculous but also petty.

Disguised junk mail

A Sinclair, Mullumbimby Does anyone know who is responsible for the thinly disguised bundles of junk mail that are now...

SCU named as partner in two national drought hubs

Southern Cross University has been announced as playing a crucial partnership role in two new Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs.

Exactly how was the ship stuck?

Peter Olson, Goonengerry It is well known that The Echo does not publish fake news, so since the Australian media...

What’s the real cost of ‘affordable housing’? 

With ‘affordable housing’ being the new catchcry in parts of the Northern Rivers, The Echo did a ring-around to find the cheapest rental living space in Byron Bay’s caravan parks and camping grounds.

Lindy Smith, Tweed Heads.

The airport Community Aviation Consultative Group was advised last Wednesday civil works is to commence in a week or so for Project Lift. The works for this project include clearing 32.5ha of significant native vegetation and 1,500m realignment of Coolangatta Creek, resulting in substantial disturbance of soil, ground and surface water. It is also seeking to commence civil works for the ILS, which includes clearing of wetlands, 450m realignment of tidal channel and nearly 3km of trenching alongside the lower Tweed River system.

It is confirmed PFC chemicals have contaminated soil and groundwater on the airport site in both NSW and Qld and has been known since 2008. The community is to be kept in the dark on the extent of the spread of the contamination on the airport site and beyond and levels.

These same PFC chemical contaminants have been confirmed to have spread to extensive areas downstream of other airport sites with number of investigative reports handed down and areas with high levels of the chemicals prohibiting commercial/recreation fishing and use of bore/surface water and consumption of some food produce. The Fiskville fire training grounds in Victoria were so contaminated they had to be shut down last year.

Contrary to public statements that the airport and Airservices are ‘committed to providing information on progress to the community’ regarding the contamination it was advised last week they will not in fact be providing any data to the community. That the airport can hide behind ‘Commonwealth land’ status regardless of the state the airport sits upon and have total disregard for the human communities, other industries, environment and vital water resources is contempt at its worst.

And the contempt of the constituents by both the federal and state elected representatives on this matter on our doorstep with their silence and turning a blind eye is even more disturbing. While it can be expected a private company only have regard to profits of shareholders, that our Federal and State elected representatives support a private company’s expansion plans at any cost regardless of the very dire consequences to their constituents is unconscionable.

I have come to the conclusion our two major-party political system is broken with one party in government and the opposition failing to uphold accountability – they are one of the same.


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

SCU named as partner in two national drought hubs

Southern Cross University has been announced as playing a crucial partnership role in two new Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs.

ALP puts war power reform on the agenda

The Australian Labor Party will hold a public inquiry into how Australia goes to war if elected to government next year.

Help from Red Cross for flood-affected communities in NSW

With disasters coming thick and fast as the climate emergency worsens, Australian Red Cross this morning launched financial help for flood-affected communities in NSW.

Rocky Creek Field Day coming in July

As part of the Rural Landholder Initiative, rural landholders in the Rocky Creek area are invited to an Off-stream Watering and Riparian Habitat Field Day.