Mayor flushes Howard’s hope for sewerage infrastructure
THE council has acknowledged soil types in some parts of Howard make it unsuitable for septic tanks but says it has no plans to put in sewerage.
Responding to Chronicle questions on behalf of Howard residents, Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said such a project would prove too costly.
"At present, about 1000 residents use either on-site septic facilities or small compact sewerage systems," Cr O'Connell said.
"Replacement of existing facilities with modern sewerage infrastructure including sewer reticulation network, pump station, rising mains and 1500 equivalent person sewage treatment plant, will cost up to $12.6 million."
This would cost each affected rateable Howard property $12,600.
But Division 1 councillor James Hansen said Howard should have a sewerage network and argued the $12.6 million should be covered by rateable properties across the region.
He said the current Howard wastewater treatment plant serviced the town's business and was not capable of being expanded.
"Everyone in the regional areas contributes for the likes of a whale tale (statue) or the culture centre in Hervey Bay - so everyone should also pay for services that regional areas like Howard need."
- 1000 residents use either on-site septic facilities or small compact sewerage systems.
- It would cost the region's ratepayers about $1 a week for five years to fund the $12.6 million.