Full-time water carting date announced - "Southern Downs Regional Council today announced that full-time water carting to supply water to Stanthorpe and surrounds ….. Emergency water restrictions of 80L per person per day came into effect on Thursday 19 December 2019 when Council commenced partial water carting". Source: Southern Downs Regional Council, January 2 2020
New card system endorsed for filling stations - “A new water fill station for use by the public has been installed by Rous County Council in response to intense drought conditions causing an increase in demand for water carters and delays in supply. Located in North Lismore …. the fill station is now ready for domestic use only as it will not be available to commercial operators”.
Source: Rous County Council, 24 December 2019
Bangalow offers new public water filling station -“Rous County Council has installed a new public water filling station in Bangalow’s Industrial Estate to support the overwhelming demand in the local area.……. Many residents are on long waiting lists as water carters struggle to cater”.
Source: NBN New - Northern Rivers News, December 22, 2019
New card system endorsed for filling stations - “A new verification and payment process is proposed for two water filling stations established to help rural households during the drought, with the altered system designed to ensure the facilities are used responsibly and by the people they are intended to assist......... Yesterday’s Ordinary Council meeting endorsed the introduction of Water Access Cards (WACs) for the filling stations at the Armidale Arboretum and McKie Parkway in Guyra”.
Source: Armidale Council, 24 October 2019
Water dispensing station at Mother of Ducks - “With the Malpas Dam pipeline now fully operational there is some good news for rural residents who are on a waiting list for water deliveries. An automated water station at the Mother of Ducks Lagoon is now operational, enabling residents not connected to the town water supplies to purchase water.”
Source: Guyra Gazette, 9 October, 2019
Water dispensing station opens at Arboretum - “ “We know there are a significant number of rural households that have run out of tank water and other onsite supplies and needed an emergency supply for use around the home until they could get a water delivery,” Armidale Regional Council Mayor Simon Murray said.
“That’s apparent from the waiting list for water carters and the number of people accessing the standpipes at our depots.
“The new Arboretum station makes it much more convenient for residents to source water because it is accessible outside business hours and seven days a week,” Councillor Murray said.”
Source: Armidale Council, 20 September, 2019
New Bulk Water Dispensing Units for Narrabri Shire up and running - 'Narrabri Shire Council have commissioned four new bulk Water Dispensing Units in Pilliga, Gwabegar, Bellata and Baan Baa…………………… The Water Dispensing Units will enhance Council’s services in our remote towns and are capable of accepting payments at the bulk water rate via credit cards (Visa and Mastercard) on a continuous basis. Council’s Director Infrastructure Delivery Mr Darren Raeck described the units as a cost effective means of providing 24 hour access to bulk water for those affected by drought and those requiring large volumes of water on a regular basis'.
Source: Narrabri Shire Council Media release, 22 August 2019
Liverpool Plains water dispensing station now built in Quirindi - “Liverpool Plain Shire Council's (LPSC) water services manager Rod Batterham said the facility was designed to "drive in-and-out and no backing is required for larger vehicles"…..Simple payment options, via credit card, will be available 24/7….This investment is an invaluable asset, particularly during periods such as the current severe drought, to facilitate supply of water to people who desperately need it," Cr Hope said……The new outlet has the ability to facilitate vehicles of all sizes, from small cars to caravans, and provides two filling options - high volume and low volume flow”.
Source: Northern Daily Leader, 9 July, 2019
Water Dispensing Stations Now Being Installed-“Green Water Dispensing Stations are being installed at Tambar Springs, Mullaley, Curlewis and Gunnedah as part of measures to help Gunnedah Shire residents through the drought. Funded through the federal government’s Drought Communities Programme (DCP) the water dispensing stations will allow residents to obtain water via either a 50mm camlock outlet or a 25mm hose outlet. The user-pays system can be accessed either with a credit card or an account card that can be obtained from Gunnedah Shire Council. The water stations are being installed to help residents who are facing emergency water situations or are temporarily without water…..”
Source: Gunnedah Shire Council website media release, 20 June, 2019
Liverpool Plains shire residents will soon be able to use a new water dispensing outlet located in Quirindi - 'This investment is an invaluable asset, particularly during periods such as the current severe drought, to facilitate supply of water to people who desperately need it'.
Source: Northern Daily Leader, July 9 2019
Quirindi water dispensing station to employ local contractors -“The water station will be accessible around the clock when construction is complete at the Dragon Street site. It will replace the existing bulk fill water station”.
Source: Namoi Valley Independent, 17 April 2019
New water dispensing station for Quirindi - 'Mayor of Liverpool Plains Shire Council, Councillor Andrew Hope, said "the community is very pleased to receive the funding that will be an invaluable asset, particularly during periods such as the current severe drought, to facilitate supply of water to people who desperately need replenishment whether on a small, domestic scale or via water cart. He said this project meshes well with other initiatives Council is progressing, designed to enhance water security now and importantly for future generations”'.
Source: 981 Power FM, 9 April 2019
Narrabri’s Million Dollar Drought Support - ‘Drought support for the Narrabri Shire Council area under the Drought Communities Programme (DCP) has hit the million-dollar mark, with more local projects receiving the tick of approval.
Member for Parkes Mark Coulton announced the funding from Narrabri today, and said it will provide far-reaching benefits for communities across the shire…………………………
Council will use further DCP funding to provide bulk water supply units in Pilliga, Gwabegar, Bellata and Baan Baa; hold free ‘Drought Stress Buster’ community events across the shire; deliver infrastructure improvements to the Narrabri Racecourse; and construct a community green space in Wee Waa (announced in February)’.
Source: The Hon Mark Coulton MP, Federal Member for Parkes, 29 March, 2019
New Bulk Water Dispensing Units for Narrabri Shire - “Narrabri Shire Council has recently been successful in receiving funding to install new Bulk Water Dispensing Units in Pilliga, Gwabegar, Bellata and Baan Baa. Council has obtained $150,000 through the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Programme which supports local community infrastructure and other drought relief projects for communities impacted by drought. The dispensing units have been supplied by Abberfield Technology Pty Ltd who are committed to providing fantastic services to rural communities”.
Source: Council Media release, 15 March 2019
Water filling stations, facilities at White Park and tennis court upgrades at Merriwa among projects granted drought funding - 'Water filling stations, a canteen and office for White Park and tennis court refurbishments at Merriwa are some of the projects now going ahead thanks to almost $1 million worth of funding.
The DCP targets infrastructure and other projects that create employment stimulate local expenditure and build strong, resilient communities .…… funding will go towards a number of projects including:
Source: 981 Power FM 05 March 2019
Urbenville to get water dispensing station - Residents in Urbenville and surrounds will have easier access to bulk potable water with council approving a custom water dispensing station in the village….…Their drought water needs so far have been served by a visiting council worker metering out water from a tank over a hydrant, or by collecting it from Kyogle or Casino. "A longer-term solution will help many people," council's acting chief executive Andre Kompler said "The permanent installation will also support tourism efforts in the area, supplying water to vans and campers".
Source Tenterfield Star, 4 March 2019
Council’s Standpipe Success In Drought Communities Program -‘Gunnedah Shire Council’s application to the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Program to install …24-hour self-service water standpipes in Gunnedah, Mullaley, Tambar Springs and Curlewis …. “This project was identified as a priority for the local community, which continues to be adversely affected by drought. This permanent water infrastructure solution will not only benefit the Shire now through the current drought but will improve access to water for the community into the future,” Cr Hooke said’.
Source: Gunnedah Shire Council 6 February 2019
Tamworth Regional Council to spend $350k of drought assistance money on water-filling stations - ‘COUNCIL will soon install seven new bulk water filling stations around the region as it puts the $1 million federal government drought relief package to use.
New units, similar to one recently installed at Lockheed Street, will be placed in Attunga, Barraba, Bendemeer, Kootingal, Manilla, Nundle and Tamworth giving outer-lying residents improved access to bulk water.
Tamworth Regional Council will spend $350,000 on the purchase and installation of the units, which includes laying road pavement and concrete slabs at each new station………….Earlier this year, council installed seven standpipes through the region giving people free access to smaller volumes of water as part of its own drought relief initiative, but these stations will be metered with tap-and-go credit card payment capabilities’.
Source: Northern Daily Leader 27 December 2018
Southern Downs Regional Council receives $1 million in drought relief funding - ‘Communities around the Southern Downs will benefit from new infrastructure projects with Council securing $1 million in drought relief funding from the Federal Government.
The DCP funds infrastructure and drought relief projects that use local resources, businesses and suppliers to stimulate local community spending and provide long-lasting benefits to the community and their agricultural industries.
Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said the DCP funded projects will provide benefits across several sectors in the Southern Downs not only during the current drought but for future generations as well’.
Source: Southern Downs Regional Council January 2019
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