Sewerage scheme concern

Close watch on the environment


MORE than 120 Iluka residents have scrutinised draft concept designs for the town's sewerage scheme and not all are happy with what they have seen.

The plan, which went on display last month, can be seen at the Iluka Library until the close of trading today.

Association of Iluka Residents' president Kay Jeffrey said the town could ill-afford problems.

"We are looking for good environ- mental solutions because we certainly don't want to end up with something like they got at Evans Head with that Salty Lagoon incident," she said.

Clarence Valley Council manager of water and waste water Greg Mashiah said reports so far had shown the groundwater and rainforest were unlikely to be casualties.

"The rise of the groundwater table is fairly minimal, it's within normal fluctuations, and my understanding is that it is unlikely to have a significant impact because it's such a minimal rise," he said.

Mr Mashiah's belief is backed by the Department of Environment and Conservation North Coast region acting manager Graeme Budd. He said the department was satisfied with progress.

"We are happy with the path they are proceeding down to consider and assess the environmental impacts," he said.

Mr Mashiah said the scheme, which had already cost just under $2million and could cost as much as $26million, would not be voted on by councillors before May.

Community committee meetings would run before the final decision. He could assure Iluka it would be be kept in the loop.

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