June 25, 2018
South Burnett residents will pay an extra $57 a year in water, sewerage and waste removal charges from July 1, but large businesses will get some relief from high water usage charges.
The Council will also begin a detailed study of its water and sewerage systems to work out a sustainable, 10-year replacement and upgrade strategy for them.
Water and Waste Water portfolio chair Cr Roz Frohloff said she had made some very difficult decisions since assuming office two years ago.
“By having audits done throughout this term of Council, we have found that there were many areas that needed fixing,” Cr Frohloff said.
The Council will spend $7.28 million in the coming year to operate and maintain its water supply network, along with an extra $1.47 million to renew and upgrade the region’s water mains.
It has also compressed its former six-tiered water charging system down to three tiers, which will see average households pay an extra $39 per year (a 7 per cent rise) but provide some relief for high-volume water users such as Swickers.
A further $5.35 million will be spent operating the South Burnett’s sewerage systems, including $1.05 million in network renewals.
Kerbside garbage collection service charges will rise by $4 per year, and the Waste Management Levy will rise by $14 per year to $142 to cover the costs of operating the region’s four refuse tips and 13 waste transfer stations.
This year the Council also hopes to carry out a full network analysis of its water and sewerage systems to prepare a 10-year plan for their sustainable upgrade and renewal.
The Council has set aside $250,000 from this year’s Budget for the study, and applied for an additional $500,000 funding from the State Government.
“As the portfolio holder of Water and Waste Water, my mission is to see quality drinking water (supplied) to the Nanango township and to find avenues for the South Burnett to have an increase of sustainable water resources,” Cr Frohloff said.
“This Budget was one of the hardest decisions that I personally have had to endure but I believe it is for the betterment of the South Burnett.
“As we move forward we will start seeing light at the end of the tunnel.”