Coraki Golf Club secretary/treasurer Ray Hunt walks along the shores of the effluent dam, with the effluent pumping station behind him.
Coraki Golf Club secretary/treasurer Ray Hunt walks along the shores of the effluent dam, with the effluent pumping station behind him. Brenden Allen

Coraki golfers in for a slice of recycled action

THE Coraki golf course is set to become greener, with the Richmond Valley Council and Coraki Golf Club working together to use recycled effluent to water its fairways and greens.

The effluent proposed for the course has been tertiary treated, making it suitable for irrigation.

 Richmond Valley Council water and sewer planning development engineer Mark Hesse said the golf club would store the treated effluent in a dam on the course.

“The irrigation scheme involves pumping treated effluent that has been dosed with chlorine from the ponds at the Coraki sewerage treatment plant to a dam situated on the golf course,” he said. “The golf club will then pump from this dam to irrigate the course.”

Coraki Golf Club secretary/treasurer Ray Hunt said the club was ‘paying a fortune for water’, and welcomed the combined recycled water plan.

“Now the biggest problem we have will be the electricity bill,” Mr Hunt said.

The council said the scheme was important as it would reduce the amount of effluent being discharged into the environment from the Coraki sewerage treatment plant, and it would also assist the golf club with irrigation.

By using the recycled effluent, Mr Hunt said the club was ‘helping the shire’.

“They would have had to build another storage tank if we were not taking it (the recycled effluent),” he said.

Mr Hesse is also aware of the environmental impact of the scheme.

“This re-use scheme will be of great benefit to the golf club, but it will also be a plus for the environment,” he said.

The works are well under way, with a few working bees at the club ensuring that construction began before the funding was finalised for the project.

“It’s been a very big joint effort,” Mr Hunt said. “There are pipes everywhere at the moment.”

Up to half the cost of the scheme is being funded by the State Government.

The council said construction works began in early November, and were planned for completion by the end of March next year.


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