Sewage strategy review
With a proposed caravan park and tourist resort for some 600 people with three sewage treatment plants below the high bank of the Murray River next door to the Pearce property, Mr Pearce addressed council’s September meeting to express his concerns.
“The strategy states that all sewage systems must be able to prove compliance before development consent can be granted,” he told council.
“The strategy lists information requested from developers but mentions no guidelines, regulations, setbacks or exclusion zones that apply to large commercial systems or gives reference to where this information can be found.”
Mr Pearce said an Environmental Impact Statement was required, seeking public input. “The guidelines state to avoid sites within 250m of significant environmental or conservation values. This includes E3 zones in Corowa LEP where sewage systems, sewage treatment plants and sewage reticulation systems are prohibited within this zone, he said.”
Any system failure causing an overflow could result in raw sewage flowing down the bank and into the river system, he told council.
“There is a duty of care to be considered,” Mr Pearce said. “Council’s draft Risk Management Policy clearly states that council has zero appetite for any risk that may constitute a threat to the health, safety and welfare of any person.
“If one single household septic tank not working properly can pollute up to 50kms downstream, I can only imagine the damage an inappropriately designed or located large commercial system could cause.”
Federation Council Mayor Pat Bourke described Mr Pearce’s address as “very informative, very interesting”. “Council will seek to work with you going forward,” the mayor added.
Federation Council’s daft on-site sewage management strategy should include more information leading to a better outcome for all river users and the environment according to Corowa resident Robert Pearce.
Robert Pearce addresses council’s September meeting.