Dr Sonia Laverty, Mullumbimby
As a novice to the sewerage issue in Mullum, there are two key issues that are of concern: a) the inability to use toilets in some homes because of ‘backflow’ during very heavy rainfalls and floods, and b) the fact that the overloading of the sewerage pump system in wet weather events causes effluent of lower standard to be discharged into the Brunswick River.
Given the scope of work carried out in the past to the order of $9m (Dickens 18 July) and the data already available to Council, according to Dickens who, until recently, was a member of Council’s Water & Recycling (W&R) Committee, the question remains ‘what will the proposed trial tell us we don’t already know?
Interest in Mullum’s sewerage problems, by the W&R Committee and Council, is to be applauded. We are aware, however, that given the demands on available funds this might be the best chance we have of getting the sewerage system fixed into the foreseeable future, so why spend $2.5m more on obtaining information we already have?
It would be extremely reassuring if Council responded to issues raised in The Echo by Dickens and Skyvington.