Posts Tagged ‘Water’

Flood Plan Needs Review

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THAT a rebate of $200for instal/operate a waste treatment or greywater diversion or treatment system/device (within the meaning of s68A) – single dwelling be given, if complying with Council Standards.

THAT a rebate of $370 for install/operate a waste treatment or greywater diversion or treatment system/device (within the meaning of s68A) – other development be given, if complying with Council Standards.
Moved: Cr Eisler
Background
This means that the proposed fee for 2009/10 be rebated if the greywater system complies with Council Standards.
Currently not many greywater systems are being purchased because of the economic downturn. As we have seen only a few DAs have been put through over the last year.
Using rain water for washing and toilets is a much more efficient use than just watering gardens. To then use the greywater from washing machines is the most efficient way of using rain water.
As you can see from the sample costing, putting in a greywater system is going to take some time to pay for itself. People putting in these systems are dedicated to reducing their use of fresh water and I believe that they should not face the burden of a further charge from Council.
Council, by way of rebating their charge to complying systems, can do their bit for the environment and encourage the fitting of greywater systems rather than offering a deterrent.

Currently there is no rebate for installing greywater systems.

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THAT Council recognise and congratulate the work of the City in incorporating sustainability principles and practices into the City’s programs and projects, and request the Directors to incorporate this work into a set of guidelines to guide and shape public works projects undertaken by the City and which –

(A) include:
(i) energy efficiency;
(ii) local energy generation via cogeneration, trigeneration, solar panels or other existing or emerging technology as appropriate;
(iii) rainwater capture and storage supplemented by grey water and black water recycling;
(iv) use of sustainable materials;
(v) opportunities for growing food;
(vi) the use of reflective materials on roadways and pathways to reduce heat sink effects;
(vii) inclusion of facilities to support and enhance sustainable transport;
(viii) use of native vegetation and trees;
(ix) opportunities for plantings and policies to attract native fauna, insects and birds; and
(x) other measures that reduce GHG emissions and improve sustainability as identified by staff.
(B) will further enable the City of Canterbury to demonstrate leadership in designing and constructing cutting edge sustainable projects; and
(C) will serve as a model for other public authorities, state and federal government departments and the private sector to apply in the design and construction of public works and buildings.
Moved: Cr Linda Eisler

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Dead Mullet Mystery

From the Torch Canterbury on December 4th, 2008

DEAD fish were strewn across the shores of the Cooks River last week with passersby reporting “hundreds” of fish along the banks.

A spokesperson from the Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC) said they are not aware of how many fish washed up on shore, although they’re investigating and reasons “could be many and varied”.

“We’ve inspected the site and area, and collected water and fish samples for analysis,” the spokesperson said. “It does happen from time to time in areas with industrial development around.”

The DECC said that a passerby observed white discharge from the storm water drains, which is also under investigation.

Canterbury Greens Councilor Linda Eisler said this could possibly be a result of toxic chemical spills in the water.  “I would like to know what has happened and why,” she said.

The Sydney Metro Catchment Management Authority (CMA) told the Torch that although they’re active on the Cooks River, they weren’t aware of the incident.  “There has been some fish kills in the past,” a spokesperson from the CMA said.

Peter Munro from the Cooks River Valley Association (CRVA) was working on the bush regeneration project at Croydon Park on Saturday, two days after the first sighting, and said that several canoes passed and reported hundreds of dead fish along the river.

“They were mainly 30cm mullet,” Mr Munro said. “I called Sydney Water and they checked the sewers and said they were intact.”

Gale Adams, coordinator of Stream Watch, a group who test the water regularly, is conducting an investigation to determine what the source of the killings is.

“It’s a rather unusual event,” Ms Adams said. “We aren’t able to say definitively what the reason is yet.”

Canterbury Council’s General Manager Jim Montague said they were notified by the DECC of the incident on Friday.

Anyone observing dead fish in or along the river can contact the DECC 24 hour pollution line on 131 555.

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Dead Fish a Mystery

From the Valley Times on December 4th, 2008

DEAD fish were strewn across the shores of the Cooks River last week with passersby reporting “hundreds” of fish along the banks.

A spokesperson from the Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC) said they are not aware of how many fish washed up on shore, although they’re investigating and reasons “could be many and varied”.

“We’ve inspected the site and area, and collected water and fish samples for analysis,” the spokesperson said. “It does happen from time to time in areas with industrial development around.”

The DECC said that a passerby observed white discharge from the storm water drains, which is also under investigation.

Canterbury Greens Councilor Linda Eisler said this could possibly be a result of toxic chemical spills in the water.

The Sydney Metro Catchment Management Authority (CMA) told the Valley Times that although they’re active on the Cooks River, they weren’t aware of the incident.
“There has been some fish kills in the past,” a spokesperson from the CMA said.

Peter Munro from the Cooks River Valley Association (CRVA) was working on the bush regeneration project at Croydon Park on Saturday, two days after the first sighting, and said that several canoes passed and reported hundreds of dead fish along the river.  “They were mainly 30cm mullet,” Mr Munro said.

Gale Adams, coordinator of Stream Watch, a group who test the water regularly, is conducting an investigation to determine what the source of the killings is.

“It’s a rather unusual event,” Ms Adams said. “We aren’t able to say definitively what the reason is yet.”

Canterbury Council’s General Manager Jim Montague said they were notified by the DECC of the incident on Friday.

Anyone observing dead fish in or along the river can contact the DECC 24 hour pollution line on 131 555.

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