Turdle Farm to be untouched

WHO ever heard of a sewage treatment plant being a tourist attraction?

Well it is in Dorrigo as newly elected deputy mayor Dave Scott was keen to highlight at Wednesday's Bellingen Shire Council meeting.

When the weighty matter of the construction of the new plant came up, as well as questions about safety alarms, back-up generators and operational costs, Cr Scott raised concerns about the future of the entrance to Bleaks Turdle Farm.

"The entrance is a tourist attraction - buses are always stopping there on their way out to Dangar Falls," Cr Scott said.

Manager for Water and Sewerage Craig Salmon assured Cr Scott there would be no changes to the entrance.

In his report he said the new plant, which comes with a $6.25 million price tag, would include state-of-the-art (Intermittently Decanted Extended Aeration) technology, would be fully automated, monitored and controlled by the latest software, would use caustic soda for pH correction, aluminium sulphate for phosphorus removal and UV disinfection of the water.

The result will dramatically reduce the likelihood of faecal contamination and possible nutrient loadings being discharged into the Bielsdown River.

Money for the treatment plant will come from the council's sewer reserve funds.

The councillors voted to endorse the concept development plan.

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