Rous County Council has announced a series of information days to be held this month where the community can ‘drop in’ and find out more about the revised draft Future Water Project 2060.
Seven community information days have been scheduled across the Lismore, Richmond Valley, Ballina and Byron Bay local government areas.
Rous County Council’s Chair Keith Williams said the information days are a great opportunity for residents to talk directly with the project team. ‘A secure drinking water supply is one of the community’s most critical pieces of infrastructure,’ he said.
‘Residents need to be fully aware of the water security challenges Rous’ regional supply is facing from population growth and changing climate conditions as well as better understand the new water sources that are needed.
‘The upcoming information days are an important part of the conversation we must continue to have with the many communities that depend on us for their drinking water each day,’ said Mr Williams.
‘Our draft Future Water Project requires as much input and feedback from the community as possible in order to deliver a water supply that meets its needs,’ he said.
Community information days
- Monday 17 May 2021 – Lismore City Hall
- Wednesday 19 May 2021 – Casino Community and Cultural Centre
- Thursday 20 and Friday 21 May 2021 – Rous County Council marquee at the Casino
PRIMEX Field Days
- Monday 24 May 2021 – Richmond Room, Ballina Library
- Tuesday 25 May 2021 – Lennox Community Centre
- Wednesday 26 May and Thursday 27 May 2021 – Cavanbah Centre in Byron Bay
Each information day will run from 9am until 4pm, with residents able to drop in at any time that suits them. Residents who are unable to make an information day can still contact Rous County Council directly to discuss any questions or concerns with the project team.
Rous County Council’s General Manager Phillip Rudd said it was pleasing to be able to return to face-to-face engagement with the community after a challenging past year.
‘COVID-19 has made it very difficult to have the personal engagement with the broader community that is needed with a major initiative like the Future Water Project,’ said Mr Rudd.
‘Unfortunately, our efforts to hold these information days earlier were hampered by the temporary reintroduction of restrictions for Northern Rivers residents at the start of April, right when we commenced our public exhibition period. But the project team has still been able to meet with and present to many community groups over the past month.
‘Based on current public health advice, we’re confident it’s now safe and appropriate to hold these information days,’ he said.
‘Although the timing is not ideal, it’s important we still provide as many opportunities as possible for residents to speak with us face-to-face,’ added Mr Rudd.
The revised draft Future Water Project 2060 is currently on public exhibition until Friday 28 May 2021.
For more information on the Future Water Project 2060 (including how to provide feedback), visit www.rous.nsw.gov.au.
All residents attending the community information days must adhere to COVID-safe practices and guidelines.