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April 22, 2021


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Shenhua gone and Breeza breathes again

In a much-hoped-for move, the NSW Government and the China Shenhua Energy Company Limited have reached a $100 million agreement in which Shenhua will withdraw its mining lease application and surrender its development consent for the Shenhua Watermark Coal project at Breeza on the Liverpool Plains.

Other News

Will the Shenhua Watermark coal mine be cancelled?

News is trickling through unofficial channels about the possibility of a Berejiklian government plan to buy out the remaining licence from the Shenhua Watermark coal mine project at Breeze in the state's west.

Midwife quits

Deb Walsh, Fernleigh It’s become untenable for me to continue working in hospitals. I have quit. I will be deregistered soon...

Upside down river

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

Arakwal chemicals

David Gilet, Byron Bay I have long been dismayed by the use of Glyphosate by Parks & Wildlife in Arakwal National...

Increase in remote access scams

Local financial institutions say there has been an increase in remote access scams experienced by customers recently.

Head-on crash car traveling in wrong direction

Police say that two men are in hospital after an accident on the M1 overnight, when emergency services responded to reports of a crash involving two cars near Clothiers Creek

David Pont, Indonesia

It’s no secret to Echo readers that Alan Dickens has been a thorn in Council’s side for a while, but while thorns can be irritating, well-argued criticisms and probing questions are a bulwark of democracy. In the current world situation, it’s something we all need to value and guard.

However, Alan’s letter (2 September) mentioning my attendance at a Waste Water and Recycling committee meeting needs some correction. The meeting was in May 2018, not 2019. I was briefly in Australia and two councillors invited me to contribute from my extensive experience in Belongil matters. I wasn’t ‘paid’.

Alan thinks the meeting wasn’t minuted, but I made some notes. The discussion ran for three hours and covered many topics. On the constructed wetlands, successful on a world scale, which I designed in 2003-04, I offered the opinion that the upper section of the wetlands is in generally poor condition (not ‘total neglect’) and was never planted correctly. It’s one reason why I’m so concerned about Council’s current plan [to re-route effluent down a shorter path to the Belongil Estuary].

Lastly, Council staff indicated proposed actions: qualified people would be engaged to assess (1) the constructed wetlands, (2) the Sandmine Drain in the Tyagarah Nature Reserve (with impacts on landholders south of the railway line), and (3) review of the 24ha effluent reuse project with a view to expansion. Those commitments appear to have gone by the board.   

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