Bindoon STED scheme

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Project goal:

Proposed septic tank effluent disposal (STED) scheme in the area

Status:

Delivery Date:

Not proceeding

 

This project is one of four infill projects that have been reviewed following the completion of detailed design, as well as experience from recent infill schemes.

Due to the higher costs of the scheme compared with original estimates, this project will not go ahead.

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The Bindoon STED scheme has been identified by as a priority project on the State Government’s Infill Sewerage Program due to health and environmental concerns associated with overflowing septic tanks and leach drains.

What are these health and environmental concerns?

Many properties in Bindoon are currently utilising septic tanks and leach drain systems. This means primary treatment occurs in septic tanks resulting in partially treated water. This partially treated water has high levels of nutrients, which enter the local water systems and can result in soils becoming overly acidic.

As Bindoon is located near the Brockman River, there is benefit in eliminating the leach drains and moving the wastewater away from the townsite to a treatment pond. In addition, this method of treatment aligns with the strict guidelines of the Department of Environment for wastewater disposal.

My septic tank and leach drain work well and do not currently experience any issues. Do I have to connect to the scheme?

If the community votes for the scheme to go ahead and your property is located within the project area, you will be required to connect within five years of the scheme being operational.

How much will it cost for my home or business to connect to the STED scheme?

Property owners will be required to pay for the internal plumbing necessary to connect their septic tank to the new sewer connection point.

Connection costs usually range from $1,500 to $3,500. The cost of connection will vary depending on factors such as distance of your septic tank from the connection point, ground conditions, and ease of access to install the connection.

In addition, the Department of Health or the Shire’s Health Officer may require that your old leach drain be removed after you have connected to the STED Scheme.

How will my sewerage rates be calculated?

Sewerage charges are based on your property’s Gross Rental Value (GRV) which is supplied by the Valuer General. The charge is calculated by multiplying a rate (cents in the dollar) by the GRV.  The rates are different for each town or area as the cost of providing sewerage services varies for each country town sewerage scheme.

A cap applies to residential sewerage charges in country areas and is reviewed yearly. Please refer to the below table for FY2015/16 wastewater charges.

Table: FY2015–16 wastewater charges

PROPERTY TYPE

CAPPED

Min / Annum

Cap / Annum

Residential

Yes

$364.84

$996.07

Vacant residential

Yes

$240.08

$996.07

Vacant commercial

No

$240.08

-

Commercial property rates are based on the number of plumbing fixtures contained within each property (i.e. toilets and urinals) as well as the volume of water used.

For further information about your bills and charges, please visit www.watercorporation.com.au/countryrates.

When will I have to start paying sewerage rates?

Once the scheme becomes operational, sewerage rates will be charged in addition to your current water rates. All residents must connect within five years and rates will be charged regardless of whether or not you have connected to the system. This is because the scheme is built to meet the sewerage needs of all properties that are capable of connecting to it; therefore, the cost must be shared across the affected community to make the scheme financially viable.

Properties not included within the Bindoon STED Scheme project area will not be charged sewer rates because they will not have access to the scheme.

What rebates and concessions are available to me?

If you have a Pensioner Concession, State Concession, WA Senior, or both a WA Senior and Commonwealth Senior Health Card, you may be eligible for rebates or concessions on your account.

From 1 July 2016 pensioners area eligible for a 50% rebate on their wastewater charges, capped at $436.16, and seniors are eligible to receive up to a 25% rebate capped at $232.44.

The Hardship Utilities Grant Scheme is a State Government scheme that provides financial assistance to people in financial hardship to pay their utility accounts. If you have the intention but not the financial capacity to pay your account without affecting your ability to meet basic living needs, you are considered to be in financial hardship.

For further information about the rebates available to you, visit www.watercorporation.com.au/rebates or please phone us on 13 13 85 so we can talk through your situation with you.

How does the voting process work?

The current STED policy states that ‘a total of 50% of affected property owner objecting to the scheme is proposed as the threshold to halt STED development activities in a community'.

If a property owner has multiple properties within the scheme area, financially they will be more heavily impacted by the scheme. For this reason, votes are counted per property, rather than per owner.


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