What a total waste of Wyandra water
IN A REGION that has been drought-declared for the past four years, every drop of water in the Paroo Shire should be a precious commodity.
But Glenn Paterson, Wyandra resident and owner-operator of the town’s post office and caravan park, has become aware of an issue he says is wasting megalitres of water.
After being alerted by tourists staying at his caravan park, Mr Paterson went to inspect the Wyandra racecourse and found an area covered by inches of water. As far as he could see, the water was due to a burst water pipe.
Mr Paterson believes the burst water pipe has been an issue for six months and it would be a simple task to fix it, but no-one wants to take responsibility for it.
“I told the president of the progress association and he said council have been notified numerous times and they said it’s not their problem but the progress association’s,” he said.
“(The progress association was) waiting on someone to volunteer but they need to get a plumber down here and not wait almost six months.
“This is just such a waste of water, it’s disgusting.”
Mr Paterson said he believed no-one had bothered to fix the burst water pipe as no-one was paying for the water it wasted and it would be a different story if it was in someone’s backyard.
“For a plumber, it will take around 10 or 15 minutes,” he said.
“It doesn’t matter whether it is a progress association issue or whatever, when you have a problem like this you have to act.
“People just turn a blind eye because it’s not costing them any money.”
Paroo Shire chief executive Oliver Simon said he was personally unaware of the issue and the council did have a process in place to deal with customer service-related issues.
“If a resident calls in with a customer service request, it is recorded and then sent off to the appropriate area to action it,” he said.
“I’m surprised that it would have been going on for six months.”
ACTION NEEDED: Manager of the Wyandra Post Office and Caravan Park Glenn Paterson said megalitres of water would have been wasted.