Lower River sewerage scheme a step closer

CONSTRUCTION of a new sewerage scheme for Maclean, Lawrence, Townsend and Ilarwill could begin within the next two years, while construction at Iluka could begin in 2007.

Clarence Valley Council mayor Ian Tiley said council was assessing three design tenders for the Iluka project and expected the result to be announced at the May council meeting.

In Maclean, a geotechnical survey to investigate soil conditions underneath the surface has been completed and samples from drilling operations are awaiting analysis.

Cr Tiley said he had written to State Energy Minister Frank Sartor to try and secure funding for the projects.

He cited increasing population pressure as one of the main reasons for a funding emphasis on sewerage projects.

Meanwhile, draft concept plans for the Maclean scheme are on display in the council's Maclean office and council is seeking feedback on any community issues or concerns with the draft concept designs.

Cr Tiley said it was possible to accommodate many concerns and issues while the project is in the concept design phase, but it will be virtually impossible when the detailed design is completed.

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