In April 2011, a Sewer Connection policy was adopted to connect identified septic properties to the sewer network in 16 stages. This policy was brought in for a number of reasons, the main focus being the environmental impact of septic systems in an urban area.
The Southside sewerage program has been on hold since 2017. In July 2022, Council received notification that the application for funding under the Queensland Government’s 2022 Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program (2022-24 LGGSP) was successful. This funding represents 60% of the estimated project cost for Stages 8, 9 and 10 excluding the cost of house connections, or decommissioning of the properties’ septic/treatment systems.
At the Ordinary Council Meeting on 28th August 2022, Council endorsed the addition of a Benefitted Area Levy to the rates of affected properties. This levy will cover the cost of decommissioning the septic system and construction of the house connection to the sewerage network.
This means residents won’t have any immediate out-of-pocket expenses. Instead, the cost of the house connection and decommissioning of the septic system is applied to property rates as a levy over 20 years, equating to approximately $300 - $600 a year.
As this levy is attached to the property not the rate payer, if the property is sold before the levy is finalised the new owner will continue to pay the levy.
To date, Gympie Regional Council has completed stages 1 – 7, with stages 8, 9 & 10 soon to commence.
Stage 8 – 66 Properties
Stage 9 – 75 Properties
Stage 10 – 51 Properties
Residents with affected properties are encouraged to register to our newsletter database for periodic updates.
If you have any questions send us an email on email@example.com or call us on (07) 5481 0795.
Proudly funded by the Queensland Government’s Local Government Grants and Subsidies program in association with Gympie Regional Council.
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