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June 26, 2024

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Cinema: Despicable Me 4

With the school holidays fast approaching it’s time to rev up the kids to see the ever-lovable Minions in the first Despicable Me movie in seven years.

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Big round of local rugby this weekend as top teams get to flex their muscle

There was another round of big wins for the top teams in the Far North Coast Rugby Union first grade last Saturday, but this weekend’s clash between the Byron Shire Rebels (BSR) and Wollongbar Alstonville Rugby (WAR) could see either team suffer their first loss of the season.

Lismore starts a global wave of peace

A global wave of peace was started in Lismore on Sunday when 50 locals gathered to make a human peace sign. 

MP and Cr call for inclusion of social housing in Ballina

Ballina Shire Council will receive $210,000 through the NSW government’s $100 million Resilient Lands Program to help support the delivery of a range of housing options across the Ballina Shire.

A Lifelong Local

Whether she fronting the band Pink Zinc or her new outfit Mobeius, musician/singer/songwriter Sarah Grant is always entertaining and giving her everything for the performance.

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Teething problem

I think it’s really stupid and potentially dangerous that the concept of an absorption period of charging a lead...

Alan Dickens, Brunswick Heads

The latest attempt to explain the inflow and infiltration (I/I) into the Mullumbimby sewer gravity mains by Water and Recycling are farcical.

You would think one solution for low-lying areas where surface water is creating a supposed problem by entering the gravity mains system during rain events would be to raise the sewer inspection shafts heights and manholes to get them above the surface water.

You have to wonder if Key Performance Indicators (KPI) were applied to the amount of moneys spent on the investigation of the I/I problems in Mullumbimby since 2002. Previously faulty and illegal house connections were considered the issue and now the same problem is explained as a surface water problem – you have to question the process undertaken.

As a previous member of the WWAC (waste water advisory committee) I questioned the lack of impact all the investigation and supposed identification of faulty connections and resulting repairs had achieved on I/I in Mullumbimby. I questioned the condition of the deep gravity mains – recognising they are three to six metres deep, made of earthenware and laid in 1963 in clay.

The committee was told several times that the deep gravity mains had had a video camera put through them and they were fine. I asked to see this footage but it was never supplied and the committee was advised in writing that I/I was not for us to discuss.

I also found it hard to understand when the committee was told in 2017 that Ocean Shores sewage treatment plant (OSSTP) was only able to treat 1.1 megalitres of sewage per day when it had previously been listed as 1.6 megalitres per day. The utility manager supplied the 1.1 megalitre information based on a report supplied in 2005 by GHD consultants Water and Recycling use.

Following our challenge to the capacity of the OSSTP Byron Shire Council website now lists it as being able to treat 1.6 megalitres per day, which is what it was augmented to treat in 1995, being the waste of 8,000 people.

I was always puzzled by the fact that if Water and Recycling knew in 2005 that OSSTP was operating over its design capacity, the OSSTP inflow figures were reported as 1.3 megalitres and above per day, why did W&R not raise the need to upgrade OSSTP to prevent further overloading and polluting of the Brunswick River at that time?

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