The Land and Environment Court has given approval for Woolworths to install and operate their proposed on-site sewerage management system which is to service the supermarket development at Mullumbimby.

Byron Shire Council’s executive manager of environment and land use Ray Darney said the approval was valid for five years and subject to conditions granted by the court.

“One of the conditions included is that installation cannot commence until the approval issued by the Minister has been modified to incorporate the redesigned on-site system,” Mr Darney said.

He said the council was yet to see a final copy of the court’s conditions of approval.

In August 2009, Byron Shire councillors rejected Woolworths’ Section 68 application for any on-site sewerage system in Station Street, Mullumbimby.

Mr Darney said the application was refused because the applicant failed to demonstrate that appropriate arrangements could be made for the management of sewage generated by the development.

A Section 68 Application was required to be obtained prior to a construction certificate being issued. 

Woolworths lodged an appeal against the council’s decision in the Land and Environment Court and was permitted to submit revised proposals for the on-site system.

Mullumbimby currently has in place a moratorium that prevents any new developments being connected to the town’s overloaded sewage system until a planned upgrade is complete.