Sewerage connection slug ?stinks
By REN LANZONnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au
BROWN Street, Calliope, resident Linda Romer thinks having to pay to be connected to sewerage later this year 'stinks'.
Residences in and near the Calliope township will have to be connected to the sewerage system by December 31, Calliope Shire Council has decided.
In his report to council's meeting on Friday, chief executive officer Graeme Kanofski said the use of septic systems in urban areas 'is not ideal and can be an environmental and public health risk'.
Although the council extended its sewerage system to some areas on the township's outskirts five years ago after obtaining a state grant of $500,000, it left the decision to householders whether to connect to the system.
But now the 19 unconnected residences (and also two commercial properties) will have to join the sewerage scheme. Linda and Ralph's property is one of them.
The estimated upper cost limit to connect the Romers to the system is $3900, but landowners would pay one-third of the total cost if they participated in the council co-ordinated connection scheme.
They will also be given the option of paying the bill over five years in their rates.
'It will be like flushing money down the toilet, especially as we've got a a working (septic) system anyway,' Mrs Romer said.
She said she and her husband had planned to build a flat on the property and become connected to the sewerage system then.
'Now it looks like we will have to connect sooner than we intended.'
Mr Kanofski said under the Water Act, landowners had a legal obligation to discharge human and liquid waste in the sewer system.