22 June 2005 New local laws proposed for on-site sewerage facilities
Maroochy Shire Council today endorsed a public consultation period to assist in establishing new local laws to reduce the impact that on-site sewerage systems can have on the environment and public health.
Maroochy Mayor Joe Natoli said Council has commenced developing a new local law and subordinate local law to better manage and encourage self-regulation for on-site sewerage systems in the Shire.
"Research undertaken by Council over the past few years clearly indicates that there are many on-site sewerage systems in the Maroochy Shire that are not working correctly," Cr Natoli said.
"The aim of these local laws is to regulate the owners responsibility for the operation, servicing and maintenance of their on-site sewerage system.
"Owners of on-site sewerage systems will be required to register their systems and ensure that they are well maintained and in good working order at all times."
"Importantly, these laws will work towards protecting the environment and public health."
Cr Natoli said this approach taken by Council is an important component of the Maroochy River Recovery Program and the establishment of the local laws will ultimately assist to improve the health of the Shire's waterways.
"On-site sewerage systems that are either defective or in need of essential maintenance are having an impact on water quality in the Maroochy Shire," Cr Natoli said.
"This approach by Council will help to improve the quality of the Shire's waterways, including the Maroochy River."
Maroochy Shire Council will now commence a public consultation period to inform the community of the local laws, where the community will be invited to comment on the proposed local laws. All written submissions received by Council will be considered in the development of the local laws.
Over the past two years Maroochy Shire Council has been in consultation with members of the public, industry practitioners, scientists, manufacturers, representatives from neighbouring councils, and owners of on-site sewerage systems. These stakeholders have been valuable contributors on a working party formed by Council.
The public consultation period will be from 27 June to 18 July and will involve an information kit being sent to all known owners of on-site sewerage systems in the Shire, advertising in the local media, and the proposed local laws will be available for viewing on Council's website and at customer service centres and libraries.
A public forum will be held on Thursday 7 July at the Nambour Civic Centre from 6.00 to 8.00pm
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