Save Nambucca River Groups Meet in May – Regional News

Dr Sally Townley, Deputy Mayor of Coffs Harbor Metropolis Council, Darrell Hughes, Chairman of Save Nambucca River, Nambucca Valley councilors Cr Susan Jenvey and Cr David Jones, Save Nambucca River publicist Elizabeth Newman, NSW Farmers Nambucca River Department secretary Julie Gooch, native farmer Elaine Ward and group members.

Environmental scientist Dr Sally Townley addressed the Might assembly of the just lately fashioned Save Nambucca River group.

Dr Townley can also be the Deputy Mayor of the Coffs Harbor Metropolis Council elected to this publish in 2022 and has been a Councilor for Coffs Harbor since 2012.

Dr Townley spoke on the assembly concerning the modifications in Coffs Coast agriculture over the previous fifteen years, notably within the shift to high-intensity agriculture reminiscent of blueberries and cucumbers.

“Coffs has seen main modifications in agriculture, the swap to blueberries and cucumbers (over the previous 30 years) and main land clearings,” mentioned Dr Townley.

The shift to hydroponic crops like cucumbers and blueberries has seen the necessity for elevated use of vitamins, pesticides, and water.

The assembly mentioned the unlawful use of water within the area, together with by farmers digging outsized dams, and the overuse of vitamins and pesticides seeping into our river programs.

“Remodeling our landscapes, mixed with the usage of chemical compounds for water and new dense rising crops, has led to large disruption of our water programs.

“When ought to the appropriate to farm take priority over the environment, soil and water high quality?

“Some water assessments within the Coffs area have proven that nutrient and pesticide contamination in rivers, streams and lakes is increased than in areas in China,” mentioned Dr Townley.

Dr Townley really helpful that the group’s first step could be to foyer the Nambucca Council for extra in depth water testing.

Coffs Harbor Metropolis Council makes use of Southern Cross College for water testing and is paid for by environmental tax.

“Taking motion in opposition to unlawful air pollution and extreme water use is troublesome, however the Council has a job to play.

“The Coffs Council prices one million {dollars} a yr in environmental taxes that fund Southern Cross College to do water analysis.

“Except for wastewater air pollution, they examined 20 properties for vitamins and pesticides in consuming water,” mentioned Dr Townley.

“No pattern was above water security, however it’s the cumulative results of contamination that’s the downside.

“You do not simply drink the water, you’re taking a bathe, you wash the dishes and laundry, you employ it in your gardens, this could have a cumulative impact in long-term use.”

Nambucca Valley councilors had been invited to the assembly, and Crs Susan Jenvey and David Jones had been current to reply questions from the neighborhood.

Cr Susan Jenvey spoke to group members about submitting a proposal for expanded water testing out of sewage air pollution, which will probably be included within the subsequent Council funds.

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