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Why the rush?

Sara Rath, Goonengerry I was born in Byron Bay and I am deeply concerned for the known and unknown impacts of...

John ‘Strop’ Cornell dies

John Cornell, a character credited with initiating major change in Byron Bay after his purchase of the Beach Hotel, has died at his home in Byron Bay, aged 80, surrounded by his wife Delvene Delaney and family.

Byron Shire residents urged to get tested

Fragments of the COVID-19 virus have been found in the Byron Bay sewerage treatment plant (STP) that services Byron Bay, Broken Head, Suffolk Park, Wategos, and Sunrise areas and the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWHD) are asking residents and visitors to get tested at the first sign of any symptoms.

Ink Gin still a winner

S Haslam Has it already been six years since I first saw a demonstration of the curious colour-changing properties of...

About us, without us

Many of us in the Byron Market community feel completely betrayed by the councillors who last week voted to move us again, like an unwanted jigsaw piece.

Criticism of Ballina Cr Cadwallader’s water election tactics

The Ballina Environment Society (BES) has accused Ballina Councillor Sharon Cadwallader of politicising water security by using ‘the Dunoon Dam as one of her key concerns in her bid for mayor in September’s local government elections’.

Richard Swinton, Clunes

I took a short walk down to the Clunes cafe this morning and vast quantities of pure clean rainwater was spilling out of every household stormwater pipe into the gutter to be joined with contaminated water from the road – contaminated with oil, rubber and dog droppings.

A rainwater tank will refill with any reasonable rainfall event and if this tank is a reasonable size, that household can stop drawing water from the Rous water system. 

Surely this would mean, if many people install tanks, that the drawdown on the dam will be significantly reduced and the need for another expensive, eco-vandalising dam ceased?

The challenge is that Rous make their money by selling water, and rainwater tanks will reduce their income source. Perhaps they need to change their focus to the services water provides and create income from design and installation of tanks – amongst other ideas!

Then we would not need the expensive proposed Dunoon dam.

The biggest challenge is that Rous only supplies bulk water to the member councils This needs to change with Rous being responsible from catchment management right through to household and commercial taps. This would open up a whole plethora of opportunities for improved and innovative service rather than just selling bulk water.


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