Stop aerodrome earthworks: group
THE Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Committee has demanded Richmond Valley Council stop earthworks at the aerodrome.
The group are concerned contaminated soil from the site has run-off into nearby waterways and wetlands.
According to president of the group, Dr Richard Gates, contaminants in the soil include tar compounds, asbestos, herbicides and pesticides. He says piles of the soil have not been covered or isolated from local waterways.
Richmond Valley Council general manager Brian Wilkinson rejected the group’s call for work on the site to stop, saying only a small amount of soil has been excavated, and piles have been surrounded with silt fences to avoid erosion.
“The activities are well controlled and in accordance with approved environmental management systems,” Mr Wilkinson said.
“Council has had a compliance inspection of the site and are satisfied that appropriate processes are in place.”