What a to­tal waste of Wyan­dra wa­ter

Balonne Beacon - - BEST OF THE WEST - Sarah Diony­sius

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.”

PHOTO: MAR­GUERITE CUD­DIHY

AC­TION NEEDED: Man­ager of the Wyan­dra Post Of­fice and Car­a­van Park Glenn Paterson said me­gal­itres of wa­ter would have been wasted.

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