Residents fire back over government money grab on sewerage system monitoring and lack of public consultation
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TAX ON SEWERAGE: Peter Ryan from Greta West was one of many unhappy residents who don’t want to pay $150 per inspection on private rural sewerage systems. PHOTO: Steve Kelly

RURAL residents are in a stink over a $150 sewerage system inspection fee they’ll have to pay under changes to government legislation.

Under guidelines imposed by the State Government and Environment Protection Authority (EPA) council has to inspect waste treatment systems on every property that isn’t connected to reticulated town sewerage.

A list of all sewerage system locations and types of systems in the rural city will be compiled so council can make regular house calls to the properties, with frequency depending on the standard of each individual system.

Under a Draft Domestic Wastewater Management Plan (DWMP) each callout will cost the ratepayer $150, with quarterly visits lumping homeowners with a $600 charge per annum.

But it’s a cost that has angered residents who are reluctant to pay and who feel they’ve been blind-sided by the change.

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