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Rain Water Tanks Update

As members will be aware, requirements for the provision of 5000l rainwater tanks on all new home building applications in the States Regional areas will be effective from 1 July this year. To date, a majority of Regional Councils have applied to the State Government for exemption from the mandate. At this time, the following six councils have been given an exemption: • Atherton Shire Council - 3 year exemption • Douglas Shire Council - 2 year exemption • Mt Isa City Council - 3 year exemption • Townsville City Council - 3 year exemption • Thuringowa City Council - 3 year exemption • Mareeba Shire Council - 3 year exemption excluding the townships of Chillagoe, Almaden and Irvinebank HIA supports the above exemptions but is anxious to have all outstanding applications assessed. HIA has therefore recently applied for an extension of time from the Minister of Local Government and Planning to allow assessment officers from the department adequate time to properly assess outstanding applications. Mackay City Council has announced that they will not be applying for an exemption. Therefore Mackay members should be aware that all building applications lodged with Council after 30 June 2007 will have to have provision for a water tank. The requirements are: • Minimum tank capacity must be 5000 litres • Smaller tanks may be used, however the total capacity of all tanks must comply with the minimum capacity requirements and all tanks must be ‘connected’. • Tanks may be placed underground • Tanks must be connected to laundry and toilets (dishwasher is optional) • Tanks will need to be located 6 metres from the front boundary (generally – not in front of dwelling) • Minimum roof catchment area must be 100 sq metres. With smaller roof surfaces there may be additional work to comply as down pipes from several roof sections will need to be connected to the tank. Source - HIA<-I>
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