After huge local opposition to effluent discharge into the Evans River, the NSW Government has given in principle support to ocean outfall.
This means treated sewage effluent from the newly upgraded Evans Head Sewage Treatment Plant could be pumped as far as 800m out to sea.
Richmond Valley councillor Ray Jeffery called it very pleasing. He said Council had been backed into a corner and had forced to consider discharge into the Evans River due to the NSW Governments policy of banning ocean outfall.
I believe the community outcry about river outfall immensely helped Councils options, he said. Its very pleasing to see (the NSW Government) agreeing in principle. Weve still got a long way to go, but its a giant step in the right direction.
Councils director of works Gary Murphy said they now needed to conduct a range of sampling and assessment over a longer period of time.
We also need to investigate how were going to construct (a pipeline), he said.
He said if Council had unlimited resources, it would certainly be considering other options.
Its not the best solution, he said. But for the amount of money we do have, its the best solution.
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