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Councils collaborate to keep water and sewage costs low

Monday, 17 September, 2018

Queensland councils are joining forces to streamline the design and construction of vital community water and sewage assets across the state.

The development of water and sewerage assets in 30 councils will soon be guided by regional design and construct codes which aim to minimise time and cost involved in processing development applications for developers and councils. 

In the Wide Bay Burnett region, the regional approach to developing the code is estimated to have saved participating councils, and their communities, $300,000. 

Bundaberg, Cherbourg, Fraser Coast, Gympie and North and South Burnett councils will share the code across planning departments, which includes minimum standard assurance for asset life and service standards. 

Developers and councils in Queensland’s south east, north, and far north also have a regional code to reduce the differences between asset requirements between councils. 

LGAQ Planning and Development Lead Crystal Baker said the initiatives were entirely voluntary and an example of councils joining forces to find efficiencies. 

“We are seeing these types of collaboration pop up all over the State,” she said. 

“Transparent standardisation for developers and communities saves time and money.” 

What areas will regional design and construction codes be available for developers and councils?

The below map shows you the areas.

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