Retirement village residents jump for joy after council waives water service fees

JUST on 3500 residents living in retirement villages in the former Gosford Council area are rejoicing after the Central Coast Council waived more than half of water-related service charges for this financial year.

The residents were locked in a battle with the former Gosford Council over new water, sewerage and drainage service charges introduced for the 2015-16 financial year which saw some villages face increases of more than 1000 per cent.

The new increased charges were passed on to village residents, many of whom are pensioners living on fixed incomes, who had to make up any deficits.

Central Coast Council Administrator Ian Reynolds.
At its meeting on Wednesday, Central Coast Council announced it would waive 53 per cent of water-related service charges for each resident in the former Gosford Council area, granting the same concession enjoyed by villages in the former Wyong Shire.

Central Coast Council administrator­ Ian Reynolds said it had listened to the concerns of residents and was working towards a fairer pricing structure.

“The decision to align water-related service charges across council will reduce­ confusion and bring financial relief to over 3500 residents living in retirement villages across the former­ Gosford local government area,” Mr Reynolds said.

Affected residents will receive­ a credit for 53 per cent of their service charges, or an average of $142 for 2016-17.

Residents from Living Choice Alloura Waters at Davistown were jumping for joy at the news.

Retirement village residents at Davistown (L-R) Carrol peel , John Bourne, Gloria Reid, Garry Tucker, Gloria Burt, Clive Burt, Rob Capon celebrate after Central Coast Council allow new water service rebate. Picture by Mark Scott
“That is unbelievable,” resident Carol Peel told the Express Advocate.

“That’s a saving of anywhere between $25 to $60 a month. That’s fabulous news, really good.”

Another resident, Garry Tucker, said he was more than excited by the news.

“It’s not necessarily about the money, it’s more about the fact we have been listened to,” Mr Tucker said.

“It’s fantastic news.”

Terrigal state Liberal MP Adam Crouch said he was also pleased by the news.

“It is a great relief for many who could not possibly afford such high charges for their water and sewer rates that the old council was imposing,” Mr Crouch said.



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