Shire notes with Councillor Maurice Collison

Gummun Place Hostel in Merriwa and the Early Learning Centre in Scone have recently had solar panels installed, reducing the buildings’ energy costs.

Currently we are installing around 300 square metres of solar panels to provide free electricity to help power Council’s Scone Administration Centre.

The 27 metre by 11.5 metre wide frame to hold the panels, has been erected in the Council staff carpark and the solar panels are due to be installed within weeks.

Whilst some people have mistaken the solar panel frame for a covered carpark, the structure is much more useful than that and will reduce operating costs for Council. The 60 Kilowatt solar PV system should supply over one third of the power the building requires, pay for itself in ten years and will reduce carbon emissions.

The successful tender for the project was Smart Commercial Solar and the company plans to make this a showpiece for future car park solar projects across the Hunter. While Council engages local businesses where we can, we have an obligation to it ratepayers to ensure that larger projects such as this are undertaken through a tender process to get best value for money.

Cassilis Sewerage Project community consultation

Cassilis residents are invited to find out what options and sites are being considered for the planned new Cassilis sewerage system.

Council is holding a “pop up” information session and display at the Cassilis Community Centre on Monday 12 March 2018 from 3.30pm to 6pm. 

Council staff and expert consultants will be there to discuss, and answer questions on, the concept options and potential sites under consideration.

The sewerage project is vital to Cassilis. For many years there has been concern at the environmental impact of some onsite septic systems currently in use in Cassilis.

The existing on-site sewage management systems in Cassilis pose a range of environmental and public health risks, and are considered unsustainable. 

The introduction of a new sewerage system will benefit public health and environmental safety and the community and local farmers can be confident of the future security of their water supply.

Funding from the NSW Government’s Regional Water and Waste Water Program, through Restart NSW, has contributed a $1.22 million grant.

Council will contribute the rest of the required funds to complete the project estimated at $2.2 million, which includes gravity reticulation, pumping station and a sewerage treatment plant.