What other charges appear on your rates notice?

The following other charges may appear on your rates notice.

Sewer Charges

Any property that is connected to the council sewer main will pay an annual connection charge per tenement (e.g. each separately occupied house, flat, unit etc). These connected charges are based on the size of the largest water meter connected to the property.  The larger the water meter the higher the charge due to the properties increased potential to impact on our sewer system during peak demand periods.

Any vacant land that is within 75 metres of the council sewer main will be levied an annual availability charge.

Onsite Wastewater Management (OSM)

The management of all OSM systems is council responsibility. Properties that have an OSM system (e.g. septic tank, reticulated water cycle system) will pay an annual charge. The OSM charges covers:

  • Part of the cost of conducting a survey of OSM systems is to identify defective systems that threaten public or environmental health.
  • General advice we provide to owners
  • Replacement of the need for annual renewal of approval to operate fees

Water Charges

Any property that is connected to the council water main will pay an annual connection charge per tenement (e.g. each separately occupied house, flat, unit etc). These connected charges are based on the size of the water meter connected to the property.

Any vacant land that is within 225 metres of the council water main will be levied an annual availability charge.

Strata Units

Strata units are levied an annual water connection charge per unit. Strata units that do not have individual water meters will be billed for water consumption that will be forwarded to the owner’s corporation. Those units that are serviced by a dedicated water meter to each unit will receive an individual water consumption notice in the unit owner’s name.

Domestic Waste

Council must levy a separate annual charge for domestic waste management services. The cost of these services cannot be financed from ordinary rates and the charge must be sufficient to recover the reasonable costs of providing the services.

Domestic waste management charges provide for garbage, green waste and recycling services (red, green & yellow) where available .

An annual availability charge is levied on all properties classified as vacant land within a serviceable area.

If you require a new service, bin repairs or if your bins have been stolen, please contact Clarence Waste Solutions on 1800 335 599.

After bins have been ordered they must remain on the property for which they were ordered. They are not to be removed from the property.

Liquid Trade Waste

Trade Waste means all liquid waste other than sewage of a domestic nature.

Grease, solids, chemicals or other contaminants can be present in trade waste. For this reason, trade waste almost always requires pre-treatment before it is discharged into the sewer. Typically this requires the installation of a grease trap that is regularly pumped out.

An annual charge will be levied on properties that generate liquid trade waste.

For further information contact Council's Water Cycle section on 6643 0200.

Waste Management Charge

An annual waste management charge has been introduced on all rateable properties and will be used to fund the operation network of waste transfer stations including waste disposal and the development of two additional waste transfer stations within the council area.

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