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Repairs and upgrades to be completed at Binnaway Campground

Works will soon commence on the installation and upgrade of the onsite sewerage management system at the Binnaway Campground.`

“Back in September there was a failure with the current system which resulted in effluent coming up through the floor drains and shower stalls”, said Warrumbungle Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Denis Todd.

“We believe that the reason for the blockage, other than the age of the site, was the fact that caravan owners were pouring cassette waste into the toilets”, said Cr Todd.

“Cassette waste is up to 30 times more concentrated than standard effluent and therefore the bacteria which naturally consume the waste were unable to keep up with the nutrient load. This was particularly concerning owing to the nature of the site, given that it is in close proximity to not only a major river, but also the town water supply”, Cr Todd said. 

“The closure of the camp ground has had a dramatic effect on the local economy, with businesses reporting a 30% loss of income as a result of the temporary closure of the campground”, said Cr Todd. “The Campground is popular with tourists throughout the year with all camp-sites regularly full on any given night”.

Cr Todd said, “Warrumbungle Shire Council has been working closely with the Binnaway Progress Association in the planning and investigation into the works which need to be completed to install the onsite sewerage management system”. 

“This has been a complicated process as Council was concerned about the placement of a dump point so close to a river system and the impact that a potential failure would have on the health of the river and community”.

“After obtaining a report from a Geotechnical Engineer, a design has been finalised which incorporates a modern system, treating effluent to a higher quality than a standard septic tank, with an additional dump point tank which will be pumped out”, said Cr Todd. “The original tank will be left in-situ as an additional buffer for caravan cassette waste. This will also decrease installation and pump out costs”.

“Quotes for the installation of a suitable replacement system and an on-site dump point for the campground are currently being sought. Quotes are expected to be received in the coming weeks allowing Council to appoint the successful contractor to carry out the necessary works”, said Cr Todd. “Given the importance of the campground to the community of Binnaway we are hoping to get this work completed as soon as possible”.

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Last Updated: 05 Feb 2019

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