Connection fees waived for Arno Bay wastewater scheme

Property owners on the Arno Bay foreshore will have inspection and application fees for connection to the Arno Bay Community Wastewater Scheme waived if they connect before the end of the financial year.

The scheme is expected to be complete by the end of the year, with October marked as a tentative completion date estimate.

Eligible properties will be encouraged to connect by no later than June 2020.

The wastewater scheme was implemented as a more environmentally friendly way of managing wastewater near the coast, with the water to be treated and used to irrigate Turnbull Park.

Property owners will be required to pay a one-off capital contribution of $4348 per property, which can also be paid in 10 annual instalments.

For property owners eligible to connect to the new scheme who are not connected to the existing system, the annual service charge for the 2019/20 financial year has been set at a reduced charge of $253 per unit.

The Cleve District Council has undergone a period of community consultation including a public meeting attended by 10 property owners.

Locals were given the opportunity to ask questions about requirements for connection and existing infrastructure, discuss the potential for any noise or odour from the treatment plant and ask how the council would manage potential system breakdowns.

The council's chief executive officer Peter Arnold said the council had received minimal feedback about the capital and ongoing contributions to the scheme, however at the meeting several community members raised concerns about paying application and inspection fees when connecting to the scheme.

The council voted at its July meeting to waive the fees, which would have cost the community about $16,000 collectively.

Application and connection fees will now only apply to properties that do not connect to the scheme before June 30, 2020.

Properties that require a pump on their property as part of the scheme will receive a $20 rebate to offset additional power costs.