Water Management At Centre Of Price Increase
Gympie Regional Council will increase the prices of water at water fill stations and standpipes throughout the region after the motion was endorsed at this morning’s Ordinary Meeting.
Prices will increase to $5.50 per kilolitre at all water fill stations and standpipes from 1 February 2021.
“This is about water demand management,” said Mayor Glen Hartwig.
“The Gympie region is still technically drought declared and although rain is predicted, it has not yet arrived.
“The water standpipes and water fill stations were established when many in our community were doing it tough during long periods without rain.
“What we are finding now is many water carriers from outside the region are travelling to our region, taking advantage of our very low water prices and servicing ratepayers and residents on the Sunshine Coast or greater Wide Bay.
“Even with this price increase we are still very much on the cheaper side,” Mayor Hartwig said.
Gympie Regional Council has recently reviewed its water restriction levels and on 14 October 2020, Amamoor had its water restriction level increased from Level 3 to Level 5 due to the extremely low level of water in the Amamoor Creek.
This was the only water scheme in the Gympie local government area that had a change to its water restriction level; however, many areas are now very dry. Council will be working with the community to ensure the region’s water resources are appropriately managed.
COVID-19 continues to impact our day-to-day lives. Even the very first day of the new year saw us all impacted by the case in Brisbane and what that means for each of us, our friends and our family.
While we are incredibly lucky that the impact to our region has been less then we’ve seen in other states, we need to acknowledge the work this community has done by being responsible and looking out for each other. Let’s continue to do the right thing; remember to social distance, and wash your hands or use hand sanitiser.
Importantly, if you have been to or from the Brisbane area, please follow the advice coming out of the Premier’s office to wear a mask when you can’t social distance. When in doubt, wear a mask. If you have any symptoms, get yourself tested.
COVID-19 has changed the way we live and it can be frustrating. However, the result if we don’t keep on top of any outbreak or continue to follow the advice from Queensland Health is that livelihoods are impacted, local businesses shut down, and people can lose employment.
As a community, we all pay the price.
Local business, food outlets and retail are doing their best to keep us safe. Please remember to be respectful to those on the front line. Thank you to all those who have continued to support local business when possible.
Our community’s response to the pandemic has been as expected, selfless and focused on others. Life is a little more complicated and we know that things can change quickly, but it’s important that you know the facts and any changing restrictions that may be put in place.
Although social media is a great place to keep up-to-date, it’s also important to listen to those who have the correct information regarding the pandemic and how this may impact you.
If you need to know more, please head to the Queensland Health website www.health.qld.gov.au
For the time being, it’s business as usual.
Mayor Glen Hartwig