With construction of the new Wyangala sewerage scheme now complete, the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) — Water is scheduled to transfer ownership and operation of the service to Cowra Council by 30 June 2020.
'While Wyangala residents and businesses will be paying sewer charges from 1 July 2020 for the first time, the proposed charges to be levied on Wyangala properties are to be the same as those levied on Cowra town properties for the next 30 years,' Mayor of Cowra, Cr West said.
'An important condition of Council assuming control of the Wyangala system from DPI — Water was that they provide a hand-over payment to run the system for the next 30 years, ensuring that connection to the system for Wyangala residents would be equitable to charges for the rest of Cowra Shire.
'This will lead to a vastly-improved service for Wyangala residents with no added burden to Cowra ratepayers for the next 30 years," Cr West concluded.
Separate charges for the Wyangala sewerage system access and usage will be levied on the 2020/2021 Rate Notice.
The proposed charges are detailed in Cowra Council's Draft Delivery Program 2017/2018 to 2020/2021 and Draft Operational Plan 2020/2021, including the Draft Long Term Financial Plan 2020/2021 to 2029/2030 which is currently on public exhibition. Council invites the public to review this document and will receive submissions up to 4pm, Friday 12 June 2020.