6 May 2020
There has been a lot of talk about water bills this week and I can report Council have heard your concerns and are looking into individual cases to ensure mistakes were not made when reading your meters.
This bill included a longer than usual period between read times, by several weeks, which will see on average a 30% increase to last year’s bill. The cost of water slightly also has increased your bill as at 1 July 2019, water went from $1.23 to $1.40 per Kl. We are still the cheapest in the region by far! Our neighbouring Shires are charging up to $4.05 per Kl! If you do have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to call Council to discuss. Make sure to check your meter reading before calling though.
The Central West Livestock Exchange has seen a dramatic downturn in stock sales over the last few weeks. This could be a combination of factors such as the drought, COVID-19 and the fact that our farmers are low in stock numbers. We have had some beautiful rain recently and it is very much appreciated, but everyone needs to realise that a downpour of rain does not break a drought. Our farmers will be fighting the effects of this drought for at least 3 years, if not longer.
As for Council re-opening the doors to the public, we will be following the lead agencies advice on when is the best time to do so. The Federal Government has created a new App called COVIDsafe, this gives the community confidence the health authorities can find and contain outbreaks quickly. This will help governments in easing restrictions while still keeping the community safe. The app is completely voluntary.