Iluka sewerage another step closer

A SEWERAGE system for Iluka was back on the agenda yesterday when the Iluka Consultative Working Group met for a progress update.

Working group chair Peter Cuming, of Sustainable Futures Australia, said after nine years they were starting to make progress.

“We've come over the top and now we're running down the hill towards the stream,” Mr Cuming said.

One discussion point yesterday was the ebb tide release system proposed for Iluka and Yamba.

Dr Will Glamore from the University of NSW outlined the concept design of the proposed system and answered questions from the working group and members of the public.

He said all stake holders have agreed on a proposed site for the discharge site, near the mouth of the river.

Dr Glamore has carried out extensive field investigations and computer simulations to come up with a working model he said would meet all guidelines, health and safety issues and community requests.

The underwater discharge structure would be anchored to coffee rock and recycled water would only be released for three hours, on outgoing tides.

A water recycling meeting will be held at the Wooli Street Hall in Yamba tonight at 5.30pm.

Next steps
  •  A support structure needs to be designed to tie the discharge structure to the coffee rock.
  •  Finalise scour issues to make sure structure doesn't get covered in sand.
  •  Work out exact route of pipes from Iluka and Yamba.
  •  Finalise construction method.
  •  Finalise design.
  •  Public consultation to make sure everyone agrees.

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