Clunes Wastewater Strategy
Client: Lismore City Council and the Department of Services, Technology and Administration
The northern NSW village of Clunes has about 250 dwellings nestled along a ridgeline in prime agricultural country. Like many villages, each household has an on-site wastewater treatment system, with treated effluent dispersed via sub-surface trenches in each backyard.
Poor performance of many on-site wastewater management systems is creating unacceptable public health and environmental risks, prompting the local council to investigate alternative wastewater management strategies.
Over a number of years, GeoLINK has worked with Lismore City Council to assess wastewater management options including upgraded on-site systems, a centralised traditional STP or wetland, agricultural reuse, urban reuse, and various collection and transportation options; consult with local residents, state government agencies and other stakeholders to resolve a preferred strategy.
This included the coordination of a wastewater committee and the organisation of an innovative ‘Enquiry by Design’ workshop; undertake environmental assessments associated with the options and coordinate specialist sub-consultants; and prepare a concept design for the preferred strategy.