IWCM Strategy for the Palerang communities open for comment

Published on 01 November 2018

Water and sewer workers installing new equipment

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council is seeking comment on the Integrated Water Cycle Management Strategy for the Palerang communities.

“The Integrated Water Cycle Management Strategy for the Palerang communities has been developed after years of data collection and analysis. We have now placed the document on exhibition for public comment,” Queanbeyan-Palerang Mayor, Cr Tim Overall said.

“The Strategy has been developed after a comprehensive review of the water and sewer network and assets in the Palerang community. In the broadest sense, the Strategy is a 30 year outlook for Council’s water and sewerage businesses. Along with the strategy is a paper that identifies the issues that the water and sewer systems will need to address.”

The majority of issues identified by developing the Strategy are being managed under the business-as-usual (BAU) scenario. The issues that lie outside the BAU scenario are not surprising, given they relate to growth pressures for Bungendore.

The Strategy identifies that Bungendore has sufficient water to support the existing village and any infill development, but will require additional allocations if it is to support future greenfield expansion. The Strategy presents three options for future water supply and considers the triple bottom line for each source.

Bungendore will also require additional capacity from its Sewage Treatment Plant, to service the growth expected within the 30 year planning period.

Council has not yet formally adopted the strategy or a preferred scenario and will consider the comments raised during the exhibition period. The Strategy is open for comment until 23 November. The documents are available online at yourvoice.qprc.nsw.gov.au and at Council’s customer service offices and libraries.