Shire looks into waste man­age­ment changes

Alpine Observer - - News - By TATE SPI­TERI

ALPINE Shire Coun­cil will hold off on any im­ple­men­ta­tions of a Do­mes­tic Waste Wa­ter Man­age­ment Plan (DWMP) de­spite changes to gov­ern­ment leg­is­la­tion.

Un­der guide­lines im­posed by the State Gov­ern­ment and En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity (EPA), coun­cil has to in­spect waste treat­ment sys­tems on prop­er­ties that aren’t con­nected to retic­u­lated town sew­er­age.

The nearby Wan­garatta coun­cil had drafted a DWMP plan that would see ru­ral res­i­dents pay $150 quar­terly for the in­spec­tions, but later clar­i­fied that the coun­cil bud­get would in fact cover the costs.

It re­mains un­clear whether or not Alpine Shire Coun­cil will an­nounce any sim­i­lar plans how­ever, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Charlie Bird said coun­cil recog­nises the im­por­tance of a DWMP.

“It deals specif­i­cally with pro­tect­ing the health and well­be­ing of res­i­dents and vis­i­tors, but the in­for­ma­tion sur­round­ing how to bet­ter un­der­stand a pos­si­ble plan will re­main the key,” he said.

“We recog­nise that the im­ple­men­ta­tion of this plan will af­fect some res­i­dents within our com­mu­nity and be­cause of this we are cur­rently fo­cused on un­der­stand­ing what ex­actly that im­pact will be.

“We will en­gage with our com­mu­nity as part of build­ing that un­der­stand­ing and keep them in­formed along the way.”

Mr Bird said the plan won’t be pre­sented to coun­cil un­til the fully ef­fects on the com­mu­nity are known.

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