Approval for Salt pipeline
pipelineA SIX-kilometre above-ground pipeline to pump sand from Duranbah to the Salt development at south Kingscliff for bulk earthworks and filling has been given the green light.
Tweed Shire Council this week approved the construction of the hydraulic sand-delivery pipeline, made mostly of polyethylene and about 375mm wide, which will traverse Kings Forest, Depot Road, Coast Road, Dianella Drive and Casuarina Way ending up at the Salt subdivision.
The bulk earthworks at the Salt site, including raising house lots about three metres, was approved as part of its original consent.
A staff report said consent was also given at the same time for a pipeline to take fill from the Action Sands site in Chinderah to Salt but that later fell through, as did a move to source it from another site at Cudgen.
The Duranbah site is the third attempt by Salt developers to secure a sand source and pipeline route.
About 750,00 cubic metres of sand will be taken from an extraction site at Loders Road, Duranbah.
The pumping operation is expected to take 18 months and the pipe is to be removed shortly afterwards.
Cr Bob Brinsmead said the pipeline would put an end to big sand trucks using roads in the hilly terrain near the sand quarry to take material to Salt, which was a big bonus for Duranbah residents.