Melinda Gambley, a member of the McLeans Ridges Community Group, wants Lismore City Council to consider concerns.
Melinda Gambley, a member of the McLeans Ridges Community Group, wants Lismore City Council to consider concerns.

Fears developments may contaminate water supply

McLEANS RIDGES residents are worried proposed developments in the area will seriously affect the quality of water collected in the newly-created Wilsons River source catchment.

Under Freedom of Information legislation, the McLeans Ridges Community Group applied for and received letters sent from Rous Water management to Lismore City Council explaining their concerns over proposed developments at Camerons and Roseview roads.

However, group member Melinda Gambley said residents were anxious the letters had not been considered by Lismore City Council.

"In two public meetings about the developments two people asked if Rous Water was happy with the developments, and Lindsay Walker of the council said yes," she said.

In Rous Water's letter dated April 8, 2008, operational services manager Wayne Franklin wrote that the existing Local Environment Plan included no clauses providing development controls in the water catchment area.

He said interim measures were required until the new LEP took effect.

"The entirety of the proposed development area drains into tributaries of the Wilsons River and then through the Wilsons River source extraction area," he said.

Mr Franklin said he was particularly concerned about proposed on-site sewage management systems.

Lismore City Council planning and governance executive director, Lindsay Walker, said Rous Water and the council worked to the same water quality standards.

"We have been working with Rous Water on the proposals, and now that we have a response from them we are working our way through them," he said. "The issues raised are not new and a couple of those raised need further exploration."


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