Paying for Mount Larcom's future water supply

Council discusses strategies for expansion of Mt Larcom

SUPPLYING enough water to Mount Larcom to allow the small town to grow is anything but simple.

Many leaders in the region have a vision of the township expanding to become another significant residential centre. Like most things in life, that would cost money.

Gladstone Regional Council on Tuesday discussed a strategy to provide new water infrastructure that would be necessary for future expansion of the town, which currently has 126 properties connected to the supply.

Councillors discussed a strategy that could provide water supply for a township of 500-1000 properties.

Water supply in Mount Larcom is sufficient at the moment, but could not sustain much further growth.

The council's research shows about $7 million would need to be invested in new infrastructure that could provide mains water for up to 1000 lots.

One recommendation put to councillors was that the council bore all upfront costs and then recouped the money by collecting infrastructure costs from developers as they built new homes.

Most councillors objected to that proposal, saying there was a risk the council would invest the money, only to find developers would not build on the scale hoped for.

However, councillor Ren Lanzon argued the money would be well spent and would send a message about the long-term future of Mount Larcom.

Who should pay for water infrastructure in Mt Larcom?

This poll ended on 20 March 2013.

Current Results

Council

57%

Developers

42%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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