Extraordinary Council Meeting
27 November 2018
RECORD NUMBER: 2018/2987
I, CR Glenn Taylor wish to move the following Notice of Motion at the Council Meeting of 27 November 2018:
That Council defer stage 3 water restrictions until mid-January 2019 at which time the decision can be again reviewed.
I have been approached by a number of residents expressing their concern that these restrictions will be highly inconvenient just prior to and during the Christmas season.
Signed Cr Glenn Taylor
The main difference with level 2 and 3 water restrictions is the ban on hand-held hoses, with the aim of reducing demand from a theoretical 240 to 220 litres per person per day. The trigger point for level 3 restrictions was reached today, Tuesday 27 November 2018, as predicted with a combined storage of 49.93%.
These restrictions are currently planned to commence this Saturday 1 December 2018.
It is understandable that Council would give consideration to such a motion as the actual water demand from residents through October/November has been only 209 litres per second per day and this will reward those water-wise residents.
However, by delaying the commencement of water restrictions, without any significant forecast wet weather, will only fast track the commencement of subsequent level 4 (at 40% combined storage) and level 5 restrictions (at 35% combined storage).
Council needs to consider its reputation with State Water Authorities when we are looking to relax conditions of consent at level 5 restrictions and above if we have actively brought about these conditions by not following our own water policies.