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May 19, 2021

Clearing blockages for better sewers in Mullum

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Council Manager Utilities Cameron Clark said in a media statement 172 finished surveys had been received,  showing a high level of interest in the sewers of Mullumbimby.

‘The survey process has provided valuable insight into the latest condition of both private and public sewer and stormwater assets, especially since there’s been a major flood event since the last data was collected and the condition of pipes deteriorate with age,’ Mr Clark said.

He said the Reducing Stormwater in Sewer project team would analyse survey data and cross-reference it with existing Council data as well as the latest reports from Interflow, a specialist contractor testing and inspecting Mullumbimby’s sewer system.

Mr Clark said high priority areas would be set up in the Mullumbimby CBD with options for customised solutions including Water Sensitive Urban Design, before suggested plans would be presented to the Water and Sewer Committee for review.

He said the council had scheduled an immediate clean-up team to clear laneways and gutters in one of the most high priority areas identified through the survey, in response to residents’ reports of blocked drains.

‘Facilitating the flow of stormwater and reducing impact on private property is of paramount importance to Council,’ he said, ‘this is only the first step before longer term solutions are implemented’.

The council said it would review the stormwater drain maintenance schedule for other areas of Mullumbimby as options for sewer management were processed.

For more information about the Reducing Stormwater in Sewer project in Mullumbimby, check out: www.yoursaybyronshire.com.au/reducing-stormwater-in-the-sewer-mullumbimby

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  1. Why Council even needed a survey to establish the importance and urgency of clear-running sewers and drains is to me a mystery.

    Surely if Council had its finger on the pulse (instead of up some bodily orifice) it would already know such things and would just get on and fix them instead of holding countless meetings and surveys.

    We have a council that is far too concerned with art, beautification, and image while basic infrastructure falls apart. If something’s pretty but useless then it’s just pretty useless!

    Want to unblock our drains and sewers? Remove Council from them – they clog everything like fatbergs – and all should flow well again.


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