Award winning sewerage plant opens

WHEN Byron Shire Mayor Jan Barham entered local government, she had no idea she’d get so excited about sewerage.

But when she officially opened the new $39 million Brunswick Area Sewerage Augmentation Scheme today, she said she couldn’t be prouder of the multi-award winning plant at Mullumbimby, and the social and environmental outcomes it will deliver.

More than a decade in the making, the new plant replaces outdated sewage treatment plants at Mullumbimby and Brunswick Heads that were at capacity and contributing to poor water quality in the Brunswick River.

The new plant diverts treated effluent from Simpsons Creek at Brunswick Heads to reuse on local farms.

It is the third and final sewerage plant to be opened by the council in the past ten years; the West Byron and Brunswick plants were also built at a total cost of $90 million.

Cr Barham said the project’s focus on environmental outcomes had set a new benchmark in the area of sewage management.

“As a council we feel very proud that we went on a path no-one else is on.

“We have defined a new way of doing things that has been recognised as the best way.”

In 2010 The Brunswick Area Scheme picked up three awards at the Awards for Local Government, including the overall excellence winner.

At the opening, the Brunswick River Waste Water Steering Committee, Arakwal people and the original land owners, Gordon and Carol Vallance, were recognised for their input.

The opening of the new sewerage plant also signals the end of the development moratorium in the Brunswick Valley, which has been in place for more than a decade. 

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