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April 23, 2021

Time to investigate Byron’s failing sewerage plants

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Tweed Council to write to government for more housing support

With a shortage of affordable housing in most areas of the Far North Coast, it is not surprising that Tweed is also feeling the pinch and Council has declared a housing emergency in the area owing to a lack of availability and affordability.

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Byron Drag Racers World Record

The local AAA Racing motorcycle team have set a new world record in 100cc class, as well as a top national speed in 50cc class at the recent Australian Speed Week held at Salt Lake Gairdner, South Australia.

Tweed Council to write to government for more housing support

With a shortage of affordable housing in most areas of the Far North Coast, it is not surprising that Tweed is also feeling the pinch and Council has declared a housing emergency in the area owing to a lack of availability and affordability.

Bruns boarding house showdown Thursday

The stage is set for a crucial debate over the Brunswick Heads ‘Corso’ development in Byron Council this week, with staff recommending that the developer’s revised plans be approved.

Hanging points

Jo Faith, Newtown Many thanks to The Echo for printing ex-magistrate David Heilpern’s remarkable article articulating the ongoing tragic situation surrounding...

Interview with Toni Childs

Internationally celebrated musician, Emmy winner and three times Grammy nominee Toni Childs is bringing her show to The Brunswick Picture House. With two acts, Childs is promising a special two hour performance as she celebrates her vast catalogue of music, which also saw her celebrate the 30th anniversary of her critically acclaimed album Union in 2019.

Upside down river

Richard White, East Ballina I was going to deride the various government departments and agencies (DPI, DPE, OEH, EPA etc) that...

Alan Dickens, Brunswick Heads

Byron Shire Council’s meeting on December 15 will be a test of the newly elected councillors when they discuss the report from the Community Advisory Committee for Water and Recycling. Already, according to the agenda for the committee meeting held on December 1, W&R management are introducing strategies for investigation that have already been completed.

Smoke testing of the gravity mains in Mullumbimby has been done, identifying deep infiltration as the major source of infiltration into the gravity mains. Reports have been done and submitted. Where are they? The earthenware pipes cannot be relined, a fact that was reported on by independent contractors specialising in this field who took CCTV images of the gravity mains in 2003. Where is their report?

Brunswick Valley Sewerage Treatment Plant (BVSTP) is now accepted in the report as hydraulically overloaded during wet weather. The reuse of treated effluent has failed.

Management is now advocating a reduction in load on Ocean Shores STP (OSSTP) by piping sewerage from OSSTP to BVSTP. What logic underpins this given the problems with the failures in this state of the art system? Surely this has to be a error.

The suggestion that a pipe be laid from OSSTP to BVSTP which will transfer effluent for the Mullumbimby Reuse system makes no sense at all. Since the major consumers of the reuse being generated by the BVSTP have not used the reuse for three years.

Why would BSC not introduce reuse into Ocean Shores and the surrounding towns?

The time has come for and independent investigation to be commissioned into the performance of BSC W&R management. The drain on ratepayers’ contributions cannot be allowed to continue without there being accountability.

 


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