Clunes waste water plan put on hold
By ZOE SATHERLEY
THE Lismore City Council is now backpedalling furiously on its controversial Clunes waste water plan.
In a win for some local residents, the council has placed a moratorium on the sewage plan to enable wider community consultation.
Mayor Merv King said that while community consultation had been undertaken for four years with the Clunes community, significant issues were being raised by a number of residents in areas surrounding Clunes, including Eltham.
"It is clear from the level of community debate that we have more work to do in getting information out to the community," he said.
"To allow for that process to occur in a manner that can lead to good decision-making I will be asking the coun- cil to place a moratorium on the Clunes waste water plan.
"This is about solving an environmental problem ? and we must ensure that the community is consulted and is able to contribute to a solution.
"The Clunes Wastewater Committee will be expanded and asked to revisit the site options that have been considered so far and advise on their suitability.
"This process may take several months, and until it is finished the moratorium will be in place."
A barrage of criticism and complaint levelled at council over recent weeks has been effective in making council reconsider its preferred Eltham Valley site for the treatment works.
Clunes resident Brian Fergus is one of those who has written to all councillors to complain.
"As a ratepayer and resident why wasn't I consulted or informed of such a proposal prior to receiving a letter from council advising me of their intentions to locate a sewage treatment plant 400 metres from my back door?" he said.