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Sewerage hope as council pushes for ‘dunny money’

Concerned residents met with Councillor, James Hansen to discuss the issue of bringing town sewerage to Howard. From left,Temp Brown, Paul Melverton, James Hansen, Geoff Allen and Ian Farrell. Photo: Brendan Bufi / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Concerned residents met with Councillor, James Hansen to discuss the issue of bringing town sewerage to Howard. From left,Temp Brown, Paul Melverton, James Hansen, Geoff Allen and Ian Farrell. Photo: Brendan Bufi / Fraser Coast Chronicle Brendan Bufi

HOWARD, Torbanlea and Tiaro locals hoping for water services and sewerage could get their wish as council pushes for dunny money from the Queensland Government.

Fraser Coast Regional Council wants at least a 40% subsidy for infrastructure where there is a clear demonstrated community need, such as in the Fraser Coast townships.

It would allow the council to provide low-cost economical options for infrastructure in communities without sewerage services, which some residents have pleaded for.

What do you think about the push for a 40% subsidy for infrastructure? Join the discussion

But those happy with septic tanks might pooh-pooh the motion the council will put forward at the Local Government Association of Queensland conference.

Mayor Gerard O'Connell said those ratepayers happy on septic tanks did not want to pay extra on their rates for connection and consumption fees.

He said a study about the issue would come out in late November and it was important the council determine costs before taking the matter further.

Cr O'Connell said the motion for a subsidy was also needed for development in the region.

The council argued the Building Our Regions Regional Capital Fund of $70 million over two years, which council could apply to for money for infrastructure, would not provide the capital investment needed.

This will be the third year in a row the issue has put on the table at the LGAQ's annual conference. The organisation has pushed for improved local infrastructure priorities and delivery and requested the reinstatement of a $140 million annual water and sewerage program. - APN NEWSDESK

COUNCIL WISH LIST

- Buy-back scheme for glass. About 2000 tonnes of broken beverage glass goes to landfill each year and this could be reduced with a container deposit scheme.

- Councils to be allowed to determine how to administer the 77 State Government laws using the local council's own systems and processes.

- The LGAQ continues to advocate on councils' behalf on industrial relations reform.

Topics:  council, queensland government, sewerage



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