Nymboida kayakers, brothers Clayton and Sebastian Young chase the rapids at the Nymboida Canoe Centre. Photo Contributed NO RESALE
Nymboida kayakers, brothers Clayton and Sebastian Young chase the rapids at the Nymboida Canoe Centre. Photo Contributed NO RESALE Contributed

Nymboida landmarks under review

THE futures of two of Nymboida's landmark attractions, the canoe centre and hydro-electric power station are looking shaky.

Last week signs near crossroads at South Grafton directing traffic to the canoe centre were taken down, although who is responsible is not clear.

Clarence Valley mayor Richie Williamson said the low water flows in the Nymboida in recent months would make operating the canoe centre impossible.

The canoe centre operates on Goolang Creek, which can only produce viable flows when water from the Nymboida River is released through the power station.

However, the power station has not operated since May and owner Essential Energy is reviewing its commercial viability.

It is understood one of the key factors is its inability to attract green credits because of its age.

"The power station has to start producing electricity again," Mayor Williamson said.

"It's unbelievable today, with all the publicity about renewable energy sources that we have a hydro-electric power station not producing electricity."

The mayor said the Nymboida Canoe Centre was also a vital tourist attraction to the region, but understood the low water flows in recent months would work against it.

"Their activity is limited by the water flows, so it's difficult to see how they could operate unless we get some serious rain in the next few months," he said.

Cr Williamson said he had not heard anything about the removal of signage.

Essential Energy said its review could take around 12 months, but would continue an "environmental flow" of 10 megalitres a day down Goolang Creek.

"Essential Energy will continue to maintain an environmental flow of 10 megalitres a day for the ecology of the creek however we cannot increase the flow above this amount while the power station is out of operation."

The canoe centre's operations were dealt a blow earlier this year when floodwaters caused a bulkhead in the tunnel containing pipes to the power station to blow out.

A torrent of mud and debris was deposited in the creek damaging features on the canoe course.

Phone calls to the centre have not been answered.



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