Byron Council wins national award

Byron Shire Council mayor Cr Jan Barham and council’s environmental officer Michael Bingham (right) accept the Local Government award from former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Anthony Albanese MP.
Byron Shire Council mayor Cr Jan Barham and council’s environmental officer Michael Bingham (right) accept the Local Government award from former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Anthony Albanese MP.

Byron Shire Council has won a top national Local Government award for its Brunswick Area Sewerage Augmentation scheme.

The award for was presented at a ceremony with former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at Parliament House in Canberra recently.

“It doesn’t get any better in terms of a gold medal for local government projects,” Byron Mayor Cr Jan Barham said.

“It is an achievement to be extremely proud of as it demonstrates council has the right approach in ensuring environmental and social outcomes receive a high priority in community infrastructure projects.”

Cr Barham thanked the community for 10 years of input and support towards the infrastructure project.

“The initiative and collaboration of the Brunswick River Wastewater Steering Committee and ongoing work by community groups such as Landcare has been recognised at the highest level,” she said.

She also acknowledged the support of council staff in ensuring the project was at the forefront of environmental infrastructure.

The new $39 million sewerage scheme replaces outdated sewage treatment plants at Mullumbimby and Brunswick Heads which have been identified as a major contributor to poor water quality in the Brunswick River.

Due for completion in late 2010, the new plant will divert treated effluent from Simpsons Creek at Brunswick Heads towards beneficial reuse on farms as part of the Main Arm effluent reuse scheme.

Executive manager of water and recycling Phil Warner said the innovative project had multi-purpose delivery goals.

“It not only delivers much-needed infrastructure but will help restore the balance of the Brunswick River estuary and reuse the recycled water onto neighbouring farmlands,” he said.

“The focus of the project was on achieving triple bottom line sustainability outcomes rather than just delivering another piece of necessary infrastructure.”

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