Behind the iron curtain

Richmond Valley Council sacked the community advisors to its Water and Sewerage Committee some time ago so that it could do as it pleased. It didn’t like being shown up for its harebrained schemes such as dumping of treated effluent in the Evans River.

Council went on to propose an ocean outfall, a costly alternative financially and environmentally, and without community support. That idiocy has now been scrapped but not after much money has been wasted yet again on consultants. Just how many millions of dollars have they wasted so far?

It’s now clear there was another good reason for Council dumping its community representatives. Council’s planning for future development of Iron Gates. Council’s business papers for its March meeting show it’s requesting another $24,400 for design modifications to its sewerage plan for Iron Gates.

While the ratepayers of Broadwater are left to hang out to dry yet again with no sewerage connection in sight even though they are already paying for it, the sewerage plan modifications indicate very clearly the Iron Gates is being given the thumbs up and priority by Council at Broadwater’s expense.

Make no mistake, Council is planning our future and spending money doing so behind closed doors. It is only because of legal requirements regarding tender variations that we get to hear what Council’s up to at the Iron Gates. No wonder they don’t want community representation.

Dr Richard Gates

Evans Head


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