Statement of Council - Community Wastewater Management System

Published on 15 July 2021

15 July 2021 

Response to Minister David Speirs comments

We were disappointed by Minister David Speirs comments in the Advertiser (dated 15 July 2021) regarding Council’s response to SA Water’s Sustainable Sewers Transition Plan.

What the Minister has failed to understand that there are legislated requirements Council needs to undertake. Requirements that could not be met until we received the transition plan from SA Water. A document we have been asking for since June 2020, but only received in May 2021 after it had already been provided to the media.

We have asked the Minister, and as a matter of urgency, to meet with us to resolve any concerns. Council is committed to finding a way forward and will not slow down the process, we will also ensure we do our due diligence on behalf of our community.

We want the best outcome for both Community Wastewater Management System (CWMS) customers and our ratepayers.

We call on the Minister and SA Water to listen to Council’s repeated requests for them to take over the entire system prior to commencement of transition works as a priority.

All 4,700 CWMS customers would go from paying more than $700 a year to about $400 a year should SA Water take ownership of the system upfront, which is something we want to see.

It would also streamline the transition process and provide everyone with a single point of contact during the upgrade.

Council has fast tracked an independent prudential review in line with section 48(2) of the Local Government Act 1999. We should actually have the first stage preliminary prudential report by mid-August this year.

Background 

The comments from Minister David Speirs come after Council considered a report relating to SA Water’s Sustainable Sewer Transition Plan at the 13 July 2021 Council meeting. 

The report reflected a number of issues that have the potential to substantially impact all CWMS customers, City of Tea Tree Gully rate payers and Council. 

Council report - Council's response to SA Water's Sustainable Sewer Transition Plan - 13 July Council Meeting 

Statement issued 15 July 2021 by Cr Lucas Jones, Council's Principal Spokesperson

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