Coun­cil caught red-handed break­ing water con­ser­va­tion guide­lines

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

CAIRNS Re­gional Coun­cil has been caught out breach­ing its own guide­lines in the mid­dle of a costly cam­paign to en­cour­age water con­ser­va­tion.

Shan­non­vale res­i­dent Roisin Allen com­plained to coun­cil af­ter ob­serv­ing An­zac Park and the Moss­man Show­grounds be­ing wa­tered in the mid­dle of the day.

“I was of the un­der­stand­ing that sprin­klers were per­mit­ted be­tween the hours of 5am to 9am and 5pm to 9pm. I’m not sure how you ap­ply the odd and even numbers rule to pub­lic parks or show grounds, but re­gard­less, it would make sense if these ar­eas were wa­tered ei­ther early in the day or late in the af­ter­noon,” she said.

Coun­cil’s water and waste man­ager Bruce Gar­diner said he has taken on­board the com­plaint and will cor­rect the sit­u­a­tion.

“ We are very aware of coun­cil play­ing our part in the wiser use of water and I will raise the use of sprin­klers with the rel­e­vant staff,” Mr Gar­diner said.

“It is not ac­cept­able for coun­cil to do what we are ask­ing the com­mu­nity not to.

“The odds and evens wa­ter­ing days does ap­ply to parks and gar­dens as does the wa­ter­ing time re­stric­tions to the cooler parts of the day.”

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