Ballina Shire Council recently upgraded ageing infrastructure on Cabbage Tree Island to ensure local water and wastewater assets continue to run smoothly.

Included in this program of upgrades, undertaken on behalf of Jali Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC), was the completion of an upgrade to the Cabbage Tree Island sewage pump stations in May 2016.

Ballina Shire Council’s Manager, Water and Wastewater, Tim Mackney, said the upgrade had been made possible under an agreement with the NSW government and Jali LALC in Ballina.

“Council has upgraded and replaced the two pump stations at Cabbage Tree Island and will continue to maintain and service the pump stations under an agreement with the NSW Government,” Mr Mackney said.

“The upgraded pump stations will benefit the Cabbage Tree Island Aboriginal community.”

New investigations to find and repair water leakages has commenced across Ballina Shire as part of a $1.5 million Pressure and Leakage Management Plan.

Ballina Shire Council’s Manager, Water and Wastewater, Tim Mackney said the program was a timely reminder of how much every drop counts.

In the lead up to International Recycling Day on 17 May 2016, Mr Mackney said Council’s commitment to saving water not only included locating water losses but also rolling out a new recycled water service to households.

“Under Ballina Shire Council’s $1.5 million Pressure and Leakage Management program we have continued with the next phase of investigating water losses across Ballina,” Mr Mackney said.

Our factsheets explain everything you need to know about recycled water, whether you live, work or holiday in Ballina Shire.

-              Factsheet No.1 Recycled water facts Frequently Asked Questions

-              Factsheet No.2 Recycled water facts for owners, plumbers and builders

-              Factsheet No.3 Recycled water facts for the real estate industry

-              Factsheet No.4 Recycled water facts for GPs, pharmacists and health practitioners

-              Factsheet No.5 Recycled water facts for understanding the treatment of recycled water

-              Factsheet No.6 Recycled water facts – safely disposing of chemicals

-              Factsheet No.7 Recycled water facts – the price of recycled water



With three months to go until Ballina Shire Council commences its recycled water service in July, preparations to start the new service have stepped up a gear.

Council’s Water and Wastewater Manager, Tim Mackey, said a suite of preparations, which have included incident response training, were important to ensure key staff members were prepared for the start of the ground-breaking new service.

“All of our preparations from testing each treatment unit to incident response training are a reminder of how thorough the process has been to ensure the delivery of crystal clean recycled water in July,” Mr Mackney said.

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