Have A Say On Our Most Precious Resource
Water is our most precious resource. Each year, Gympie Regional Council supplies 4,000 megalitres of tap water to over 13,000 properties.
Council also removes and treats 2,600 megalitres of waste water (sewage) from 12,000 residential and commercial customers.
“Providing a water service of this scale means Council has certain obligations,” said Stephen Jewell, manager of Gympie Regional Council’s Water Business Unit.
“We are constantly assessing how we deliver our services.
“Because Council has over 10,000 connections, the Queensland Government required the organisation to conduct a Public Benefit Assessment of its water and wastewater activities. The Public Benefit Assessment guides how Council complies with National Competition Policy requirements,” Mr Jewell said.
Gympie Regional Council has a responsibility to make sure its water services are run efficiently and in a cost-effective way, as if it was a private-sector business.
Council used an independent assessor to conduct the Public Benefit Assessment to ensure it was completely unbiased.
Head to www.gympie.qld.gov.au to have your say.
I think most people know the Gympie region is growing. The rate that it is growing is quite surprising. A recent article in The Gympie Times stated that the Southside area is growing faster than any capital city in Australia. This is great for the region but it also creates problems.
One major problem is every urban block requires reticulated water, which hasn’t been a problem in past years, but is quickly looming as demand grows. Yes, we have Borumba Dam in our backyard, but the water allocations from this reservoir are controlled by SEQ water and the Gympie region is allocated a quota which will need close management to supply all users. Recent talk of raising the wall would be very good for Gympie.
Our smaller regional townships are also facing water problems with the prevalence of the drier seasons we are experiencing in the last few years. Amamoor and Kandanga are supplied by the respective creeks which are far from reliable as of late. Kilkivan is solely bore water with these supplies needing good rain to recharge the aquifers, and Goomeri is on reservoir water with bore back-up.
Yes, we have had some decent falls of rain in the last few months, but it didn’t amount to any large run-off events. We are really in a green drought with a lot of our rural landholders having very low water storage for their livestock.
How do we manage this problem? Always practice water conservation, and take notice and abide by any water restrictions enforced by council. People may think there is no problem; council however, through monitoring water levels in all reservoirs, will know better and will at times impose restrictions to ensure water is available to all residents and shortages are kept to a minimum.
Long-term we need a higher allocation for the region and this will hopefully be gained by raising the level of Borumba Dam and finding more sustainable sources for our regional towns.
I ask again all residents, please at all times practice water conservation measures.
Cr Hilary Smerdon