Evans Head sewage strategies released

Richmond Valley Councils draft strategies for dealing with effluent from the Evans Head Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) and rehabilitation of Salty Lagoon are now on public exhibition.

Dr Richard Gates, a community representative on Councils Reclaimed Water Committee, is angry that the committee has been given little opportunity to have input into the draft strategies.

The committee hasnt met for 14 months, he said. We have been given the mushroom treatment we havent seen the reports on which the plans are based and they havent engaged us in any discussion.

Dr Gates will be calling a community meeting on the issue in the next month before making submissions to Council and NSW Government ministers.

Richmond Valley Councils general manager, Brian Wilkinson, said the public was invited to comment on the lagoon rehabilitation options as well five potential sites along the Richmond River where effluent will be discharged from the STP during wet weather. In dry weather, Council is suggesting irrigating local land with the treated wastewater.

A community newsletter regarding the issues and status of the Woodburn-Evans Head sewerage system is being distributed to residents in Woodburn and Evans Head, he said.

The draft strategy documents are available from Council offices or at www.richmondvalley.nsw.gov.au.

Residents have until June 9 to make submissions on the two strategies.


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