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May 19, 2021

Where there’s smoke…

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Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning May 19

‘This Life’ is the first single off Jesse Morris and the Shakedown’s forthcoming and first ever vinyl release titled The Children of the Sun. 

Other News

Business calls for Tweed train tracks to be kept ignored

More than 800 people had signed a petition calling for a new rail trail to be built next to, rather than in place of, the existing disused railway line running through the shire.

Travelling at the speed of lies

When Tim Berners-Lee and others created the architectural foundations of the world wide web, they did so with the vision of openness, idea sharing, and trust. Human nature has a way of making things more complicated, of course.

Flickerfest tour returns to the Northern Rivers

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A hands up poll

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Interview with Peter Castaldi

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Development of the Belongil Spit

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Alan Dickens, Brunswick Heads

Mr Cameron Clarke, the utility manager for Water and Recycling, has stated a contractor is being employed to smoke-test the Mullumbimby sewer mains.

I am wondering is Mr Clarke aware that these mains have been smoke-tested twice before? One of the employees who did the smoke testing still works for the council.

Two reports were submitted on both occasions. The reports said a large amount of smoke was visible in the lanes that ran throughout the CBD of the Mullumbimby township. This smoke was emanating from the drains beside the lanes; this is the area where some of the deepest gravity mains run.

The mains were CCTV inspected by Water and Recycling maintenance staff in the nineties plus a contractor engaged to camera the gravity mains in 2003 by the then-operations manager with a view of relining these mains.

There are staff still employed by Water and Recycling who were there when all of this investigation took place. Has Cameron Clarke been given access to the reports plus been consulted by staff who were involved in all of these investigations?

Surely there must be reports that Cameron Clarke could view. This investigation has gone on now for over twenty years and no solution has been reached.

Millions have been spent on what, but now we find we are returning to the start again. For the money that has been spent over the years on this inflow infiltration problem a vacuum system could have been put in place will would have completely solved the whole problem.

The general manager needs to ask where are the reports and why has this problem not been solved after such a large amount of ratepayer money being spent with no result.


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