Clunes resident Jim Edwards is unhappy at Lismore City Council’s decision to shelve work on the village’s sewerage system, threatening to take the delay to State Government.
Clunes resident Jim Edwards is unhappy at Lismore City Council’s decision to shelve work on the village’s sewerage system, threatening to take the delay to State Government. Jacklyn Wagner

Sewerage plans down the toilet

CLUNES’ long-awaited sewerage system is likely to be shelved for at least two years, even though residents were slugged this year with an extra $400 for its construction.

At a Lismore Council workshop on Tuesday night, councillors were told fixing Lismore’s sewerage should be the priority over the next few years.

After council staff presented a bleak analysis of the council’s finances, councillors were urged to delay the Clunes system to mid-2013.

They said fixing Lismore’s Southern Trunk line was ‘a matter of urgency’ as it was at capacity and regularly overflowed during wet weather.

However, Clunes residents yesterday expressed their anger at the proposed delay and said they may go to the State Government to get action.

“It is disheartening to see that a lot of work and a lot of effort that has gone into this has been for nothing,” said Jim Edwards, a Clunes resident and member of the village’s wastewater committee.

“The (special $400) levy should be dropped immediately because we are already paying for something that we don’t have and now we will be paying for something we won’t have for at least another two years.”

The Northern Star understands council will suspend the $400 levy.

Residents were also charged a $209 sewerage levy last financial year.

Mr Edwards said the small community only got its speed camera when they ‘went over the heads of council’ to the State Government and may be forced to do the same again.

The Northern Star reported in July that Lismore’s sewerage was at capacity, which was restricting housing growth in Goonellabah.

After 10 years of discussions and investigations, Lismore Council voted last December to proceed with a stand-alone sewerage plant.

The council is expected to formally vote on the delay next month.

It will hold a community meeting on Monday night at the Clunes School Hall from 6.30pm.

SHOULD CLUNES RESIDENTS HAVE TO WAIT LONGER FOR SEWERAGE?

Phone 6624 3266 or SMS 0428 264 948



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