Broadwater neighbours Brian Hall and Kathy Hartley are desperately waiting for Richmond Valley Council to build to new sewerage system to replace their outdated septics.
Broadwater neighbours Brian Hall and Kathy Hartley are desperately waiting for Richmond Valley Council to build to new sewerage system to replace their outdated septics. Jay Cronan

Residents kick up stink over delay

BROADWATER residents are disappointed the town’s septic systems will continue to follow them like a bad smell.

Due to a lack of funding, Richmond Valley Council voted at this week’s meeting to delay construction of the Broadwater sewerage scheme until funding hopefully becomes available in July, 2012.

Residents currently rely onindividual septic systems which they say are smelly and outdated.

Kathy Hartley moved to Broadwater a year ago and can’t believe the town does not have a proper sewerage system.

“When it rains it just stinks,” the 43-year-old said. “So many people have been waiting to see it happen and some won’t see itbefore they die and it’s really sad.

“We are in the 21st Century yet we are forced to live like this.”

Ms Hartley and her partner, Wayne Day, are planning to build a new patio in her backyard, but they can’t go ahead until a sewerage system is operating because the patio would cover their new sewerage line.

Meanwhile, councillors have voted to accept more than $225,000 from NSW Public Works to construct the Woodburn sewerage augmentation scheme.

On hearing the news Ms Hartley said: “I say good on them.

“But what’s missing from Broadwater? Why are we missing out?”

Broadwater residents have been charged a sewerage levy for the past few years, despite not having a sewerage system.

Pensioner Betty Archer complained she was paying $202.50 a quarter for something she didn’t have.

However, resident Brian Hall said he understood the levy money would eventually go towards the town’s sewerage system.

“We must be at the end of the chain,” he said.

A report compiled by council staff said the council had exhausted all avenues for funding for the Broadwater sewerage scheme from the State and Federal governments.

At the council meeting Cr Shirley Wheatley said she was disappointed at the delay.

“July 2012 seems to be a long way away,” she said.

“I’d like to think some people standing for the Federal election, if they have some spare funds, could put this towards helping the people of Broadwater get what they need.”



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