Residents opt for status quo at Gravelly Beach

Residents opt for status quo at Gravelly Beach

Gravelly Beach property owners have elected to maintain their current septic systems, and not proceed with the introduction of a reticulated sewerage service in the area following consultation on a possible service introduction over the last few months.

Head of Communications and Engagement Callan Paske said in feedback received during TasWater’s consultation, community members expressed satisfaction with their current septic arrangements and did not wish to pay for the introduction of a reticulated sewerage service.

“This investigation was set in motion after the West Tamar Council forwarded a community petition, signed by 114 residents, in May 2023 asking us to explore options for introducing reticulated sewerage services to the township,” Mr Paske said.

“We did some preliminary design work and cost estimations before engaging widely with the community through information mailouts, a community survey, public notices and media articles, and a community information session.”

Mr Paske said in line with the organisation’s Service Introduction Charges Policy the proposal needed support from at least 50 per cent of the community to advance to the next stage of planning.

“Through our engagement with the Gravelly Beach community, 35 per cent of survey respondents supported a sewerage network, 54 per cent didn’t support it and 11 per cent were unsure."

Mr Paske said the upfront costs for service introductions are the responsibility of property owners and it could be a substantial investment.

“Only 15 per cent of our survey respondents said they were prepared to pay to connect to a reticulated system if it was introduced.

“This does not meet our 50 per cent threshold to progress to the next stage of investigation and as such this process will now cease.

“We want to thank those Gravelly Beach residents who shared their feedback with us, their active involvement plays an important part in helping us shape the future of water in Tasmania,” Mr Paske said.

The full consultation report is available here.

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