De­vel­oper charge in­creases in bud­get

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY ROBERT MUIR

Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil’s draft De­vel­op­ment Ser­vic­ing Plan (DSP) is part of its over­all draft bud­get con­sul­ta­tion process from May 27 to June 29.

The DSP is propos­ing in­creased de­vel­oper charges of $5,2225 for wa­ter and $4,400 for sew­er­age, as de­cided last year at coun­cil’s Septem­ber meet­ing.

Be­cause the charges are sub­stan­tially higher, af­ter no in­crease for many years and to bring into line with other lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas, coun­cil was keen to flag its in­ten­tions since that meet­ing. A story ap­peared in the Free Press and Yar­ra­wonga Chron­i­cle at that time.

Af­ter pre­sent­ing his fi­nan­cial re­port, coun­cil’s Di­rec­tor Fi­nance and Or­gan­i­sa­tion Kim Parker pre­sented a sta­tus re­port on wa­ter and sew­er­age for coun­cil’s lat­est meet­ing, on May 16.

“There’s a lot of good news sto­ries con­cern­ing wa­ter sup­ply and sew­er­age ac­tiv­i­ties,” he said of his re­port tabled at the meet­ing, for ac­tiv­i­ties to April 30, 2017.

“Our 20 staff across Fed­er­a­tion Coun­cil area are work­ing away and pro­vid­ing ef­fec­tive ser­vices, ef­fi­cient ser­vices. It’s qual­ity wa­ter in and other ma­te­rial out.”

The ir­ri­ga­tion lease for Corowa Sew­er­age Treat­ment Works has been fi­nalised with Brind­ley and Wil­son, and com­menced Jan­uary 1, 2017.

The new Ball­dale bore has been con­structed, the pump in­stalled and com­mis­sioned.

Mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the op­er­a­tion at Corowa Sa­le­yards with over­load at times of the waste­water ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem are ex­pected to be com­pleted by the end of May. The over­load is be­ing gen­er­ated by the wash­down and truck­wash.

Ten­ders are be­ing con­sid­ered for the Vic­to­ria Street Corowa In­let Pump Sta­tion. Quotes are to be called for struc­tural mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the Corowa and How­long Wa­ter Treat­ment Plants.

Sys­tem de­sign is un­der­way for How­long’s Clear Well Reser­voir at its wa­ter treat­ment plant. De­tails of other works were also tabled.

“Prac­ti­cal com­ple­tion of coun­cil’s Op­er­at­ing Plans for Wa­ter and Sew­er­age Works are on tar­get for 30 June 2017,” Mr Parker said.

“Like­wise, the bulk of the 2016/17 Wa­ter and Sewer Cap­i­tal Works Pro­gram is also on track for 30 June 2017.”

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