The Granite Belt
Everyone’s rates will be paying for the cost of a new dam. Council debt is already high and rate increases far outstrip the CPI. Council policies are based on ‘user pays’.
Will the horticulture and other industries be paying for the cost of this investment?
After the last big dry in the late 1990s to early 2000s some communities in Australia made important decisions about water supply for dwellings, industry and commercial purposes.
By 2004, Goulburn’s Pejar Dam in NSW was a dusty mudflat at less than 10% capacity. A population of 25,000 and expected to grow to 40,000 fairly quickly it was obvious that decisions for water supply other than drought affected dams had to be made.
The Goulburn Mulwaree Council took the bit between the teeth and legislated that all new urban dwellings, units, industrial and commercial development had to have tanks installed and connected to the buildings.
South Australia passed similar legislation in 2004 for the entire state!
Sth Aust Rainwater Tank Policy
References have been included as they show that the tank connection to the house follows Building Code of Australia [BCA] specifications in both cases.
We can do this on the Granite Belt.