I refer to Echo story concerning the decision to connect the new hospital’s sewerage to the central system rather than construct an onsite disposal system.
I am concerned that council staff are reported as saying ‘The decision to connect to the sewer line was a Health Department decision’. This is quite misleading: Clause 45 of the LEP quite unambiguously says that unless ‘satisfactory arrangements’ have been made with Council for the disposal of sewage, development consent will not be issued. In other words the onus is on the developer to put up a proposal and Council has the final say; it is not a matter of the Health Department saying ‘This is how it’s gonna be’, as the reported staff comment implies.
I don’t write this letter primarily out of concern for what happens to Ewingsdale sewage, but rather as an illustration of a deep-seated knowledge void within Simon’s all-smiling council. The problem is that your elected councillors have absolved themselves of all responsibility for legal matters by delegating them to the GM to resolve, meaning that they are quite happy to grope around in the dark and rely on what the staff choose to tell them.
Recently the GM issued a press release lauding himself over the legal fees Council had saved over the past year! I suppose Ewingsdale developers will be similarly lauding him if, as Cr Dey clearly suspects, the Health Department installs sufficient spare sewerage capacity at taxpayers’ expense to warrant further private development at Ewingsdale.
I note that Ewingsdale developers had sufficient influence with roads authorities to ensure that the new highway is insulated soundwise with a massive earth embankment that must have cost many millions. This is unprecedented to my knowledge anywhere in Australia.
Fast Buck$, Coorabell