Local and State Government | Water help and rego costs

BENEFITS FLOW: Acting mayor Bobby Bourke at one of the water stations on Hereford Street.

BENEFITS FLOW: Acting mayor Bobby Bourke at one of the water stations on Hereford Street.

Water cost reduction will help during difficult times

COUNCIL has reduced the cost of the water from the Hereford Street standpipes by 50 per cent to lessen the impact of the region’s dry weather on the rural community.

Most of the region is feeling the effect of the drought and the reduction of the cost of water may help alleviate some of the impact.

Council has three dedicated water filling stations for the dispensing of drinking water. The water stations are located in Hereford Street between the Macquarie River and Gilmour Street, where all water tanks can be filled.

Individuals wishing to access water can visit council's cashiers during business hours to obtain a water card and prepay for water that will be credited to the water card. As is the current situation, individuals will need to make their own arrangements for water cartage.

The charge of $5/kl has been reduced to $2.50/kl under a provision in council’s water pricing policy for drought-affected areas.

Council is also reminding the community to continue saving water during the cooler months with the Water Wise campaign. The campaign provides resources and tips to support and remind residents to continue with water-saving habits at home and in the workplace.

Acting mayor Bobby Bourke

Good news for the grey nomads out on the road

GREY nomads, families and adventurers will all benefit from a 40 per cent reduction in registering their caravans and camper trailers following the NSW Government’s decision to ease travel costs for caravanners.

The Government recognises the need to reduce costs associated with these popular vehicles, and this reduction in motor vehicle tax will allow people to spend their money on the things they love – including camping and caravanning around NSW, having a positive flow-on effect for local business and tourism.

The change will apply to towed caravans and purpose-built camper trailers weighing up to 4.5 tonnes, putting a saving of up to $471 back into the pockets of hard-working families across the state.

Towed caravans and purpose-built camper trailers that are privately registered will be eligible for the 40 per cent reduction in motor vehicle tax.

Customers will still be required to pay the standard NSW registration fees, including the annual fee of $65. Changes will come into effect from November 1.

For more information, visit rms.nsw.gov.au.

Record roads funding

LIFE-SAVING wire rope barriers, audio tactile line markings and more highway patrol officers in regional areas are just a handful of initiatives being delivered as part of a record road safety package.

A boost of $600 million in additional funding has been announced this week for dedicated road safety improvements and enhanced police enforcement.

The cash injection brings the total investment in reducing deaths and serious injuries on NSW roads over the next five years to $1.9 billion.

We are investing in proven initiatives to lower the road toll and these include having a serious focus on speeding, drink and drug driving, driver fatigue and pedestrian and cyclist safety.

To view the Road Safety Plan 2021, visit http://www.towardszero.nsw.gov.au/roadsafetyplan.

Community Building funding

APPLICATIONS close at 5pm this Friday for this year’s Community Building Partnership Fund.

Applicants must read the program guidelines to ensure their club or organisation and proposed project are eligible.

For more information about the NSW Government’s 2018 Community Building Partnership Program, visit www.nsw.gov.au/cbp.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole