Shire looks into waste management changes
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.