Ballina council agrees to keep residents on town water

RESIDENTS on Pimlico and Uralba Roads in the Ballina Shire are happy that their water supply will now be upgraded and not cut off.

Ballina Council voted unanimously to extend the upgrade of the Smith Dr mains renewal project to include properties on the western side of Emigrant Creek, which they had previously decided to cut because it was deemed too expensive to replace the old leaky pipes.

One resident, Frank Curran, threatened the council with legal action, seeking compensation for loss of land value if the mains water was cut off and other residents were likely to initiate similar action.

Ballina Council then approved a motion to undertake further consultation and to investigate additional water charges on users in order to recoup the $430,000 it estimated the upgrade would cost.

But after an extensive report by council staff recommended an additional 20% water levy for domestic use and 100% for commercial use, Ballina councillors have decided to go ahead with the renewal and absorb the cost without additional charges to the affected residents.

"We're very happy with council's decision," said Jim Johnson, a resident who addressed last week's meeting.


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