Midcoast Water has released a review of developer charges for water and sewer services that will see charges drop by at least 10 per cent from 1 July 2017 should the plan be endorsed.

The proposed changes will see a standard water development charge across the MidCoast area of $5,970.

Currently the charges are $6,155 for those in the former Great Lakes and Greater Taree region and $7,025 for those in the former Gloucester local government area.

Sewerage development charges are also proposed to be set at $8,236 for most areas, with some, such as Hawks Nest, North Karuah, Hallidays Point and Tuncurry dropping to $2,992.

Currently serviced areas in the former Great Lakes and Greater Taree areas attract a charge of $9,677.

Those in the Gloucester area will pay slightly more for sewer, up from their current $7,308 but will reap the larger saving on water development charges.

MidCoast Water has proposed the changes following a review of their development servicing plans in accordance with new guidelines published by the New South Wales Government in 2016.

Midcoast Water, General Manager, Ken Gouldthorp, said, “This has been an extensive process, with our development team reviewing each water and sewer servicing strategy, including existing demands, capacity and anticipated growth to determine the required capital works over the next 30 years.”

This process was undertaken for each of MidCoast Water’s six water supply schemes and 14 sewer schemes.

“We believe this will be welcomed by developers across the area, who have lobbied for some time for a reduction in developer charges to assist in encouraging development in our area,” Mr Gouldthorp said.

Submissions from members of the public will be accepted until 2 June 2017.

Lauren Cella

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