Sewerage for Iluka moves a step closer

THE sewerage scheme for Iluka has taken a step forward with Clarence Valley Council now assessing three tenders for the project's design work.

Mayor Ian Tiley says it's hoped the successful tender will be announced soon, as the process moves into design mode prior to a start in about two years to work on the scheme.

"It's expected that the design phase of the scheme will take about 18 months and all going well construction will start in 2007," Cr Tiley said.

The Iluka sewerage scheme was approved in November 2003.

It proposes using recycled water on the golf course and playing fields, with aquifer injection of recycled water unable to be re-used at North Spit and a precautionary ebb tide discharge.

The mayor said additional groundwater monitoring bores had been installed in the North Spit area.

"The installation of the monitoring bores is critical for the completion of the project, as sufficient background data will be available for the Department of Planning, Infrastructure and Natural Resources to issue an approval for the aquifer injection scheme within the design timetable," he said.

Cr Tiley thanked the Iluka community for their participation and said there would be opportunity for further comment as concept designs are developed.

"While the project is in the concept design phase it will be possible to accommodate many concerns or issues, but it will be much harder or impossible when detailed design is completed."

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