Councils join forces for water services

The NSW Government has passed legislation for the establishment of the Central Coast Water Corporation which will see a merger between Gosford and Wyong operations.

Gosford Council Mayor, Cr Laurie Maher welcomed the move.
“This is a great win for the people of the Central Coast.
“The single Corporation will bring together the operations of both Councils to allow for better planning for delivery of services to the 125,000 homes and businesses in the region.
“The Central Coast community will benefit from more efficient allocation of resources, and improved regional planning for population growth and future droughts,” said Mayor Maher.
Once the Governor of NSW has given assent to the bill, the Councils will have 90 days to establish the corporation.
The amendments to the Central Coast Water Corporation Act 2006 passed through both houses of parliament with bipartisan support and will give the Councils greater control over when services will be transferred to the new Corporation.
Wyong Shire Council Mayor, Cr Doug Eaton said this is the biggest water delivery reform the region has seen.
“The new legislation sets out a five phase transition process.
The effects on the community will be thoroughly assessed at each phase of the transition period, to ensure the changes will benefit the community.
“I would like to stress that there will be no disruption to customers during the transfer,” said Mayor Eaton.
The Councils expect the Corporation to become operational from July 1 next year.
The appointment of the Central Coast Water Corporation Board will be subject to the approval of both councils.

Media Release,
2 Nov 2010
Sarah Pepperall, Wyong Council

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