Mighty Nau­tilus ef­fort

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

THANK you read­ers for your con­tri­bu­tion in mak­ing Nau­tilus St a spe­cial place for us all.

The cel­e­bra­tion the other day was a great suc­cess. There is one thing that would com­plete the marvel we have cre­ated - some wooden benches.

Of course, they would be well used and we would en­joy the sur­rounds even more. There is no way I can af­ford to pay for this. Is there some­one who can as­sist in this pro­ject? If so, please call me on 4098 5335 or 0438 148 691.

Fi­nally my grate­ful thanks to all you won­der­ful peo­ple who have helped in sup­ply­ing plants ,mulch and ad­vice as well as time - not for­get­ting the great sup­port from Ju­lia Leu and Liz Col­lyer and work by Sean and his will­ing team from the coun­cil ,with­out which not half would have been achieved that has.

We cer­tainly have cre­ated a spe­cial piece of Port that we can be proud of achiev­ing.

The NHMRC Guide­lines, on which all the state’s drink­ing wa­ter leg­is­la­tion is founded, use a risk-based ap­proach.

That means they fo­cus on re­mov­ing risks such as source wa­ter con­tam­i­na­tion, poor fil­ter main­te­nance, post fil­ter con­tam­i­na­tion, sed­i­ment in the pipes and bacflow.

Chlo­rine is only one of the mech­a­nisms to en­sure safe wa­ter and it is def­i­nitely not en­vis­aged that chlo­rine should be used as sil­ver bul­let so that ev­ery­thing else can be sloppy and all other risks ig­nored.

The Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil’s ap­proach, as de­fined by their re­port on the cost of a chlo­rine-free trial, is to tol­er­ate con­tam­i­na­tion in reser­voirs, dirt in pipes and the like and de­pend en­tirely on chlo­rine to kill the bugs which should not be there in the first place. I be­lieve CRC is not acting within the spirit or even the def­i­ni­tion of the NHMRC Guide­lines.

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