Council Dive in for pool guide Level 5 water restrictions need not be a shows its teeth Level 5 pool rules at a glance: Council is showing its teeth over the drain on pool owners. Gold Coast City sale of potentially dangerous dogs in Council has a guide to help residents Prior to 1 July 2007 Gold Coast City. conserve water and reduce the need to Water from the town supply system is not A New South Wales man has been top up. permitted to be used for the topping up ﬁned $2000 and ordered to pay costs The ‘Be A Pool Watersaver’ guide lists of swimming pools and spas except where of $5565 for illegally supplying an many water saving tips, ranging from the topping up occurs within the following American pitbull-like dog which is a times: restricted breed. the beneﬁts of installing pool covers to ensuring good maintenance, ﬁltration For ODD numbered premises: Tuesday, Southport Magistrates Court was Thursday and Saturday between 4:00 pm told the man had advertised a ‘red checks and regular leakage checks. and 7:00 pm. nose line bred’ dog for sale in a Gold Of course, a great deal of water can also Coast newspaper. For EVEN numbered and unnumbered be saved by discouraging children and premises: Charges were laid after a Council other pool users from jumping in and out, contractor responded to the Wednesday, Friday and Sunday between causing overﬂows. 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm. advertisement and bought the dog - The guide complements the Home identiﬁed as a restricted breed under After 1 July 2007 Watersaver and the Garden Guide Queensland Government legislation Only top up existing swimming pools - from the man. produced by Council to help residents and spas from town water as a last resort take positive steps to deal with the The court ruled that Council’s animal and only where a rainwater tank or water restrictions. management staff were qualified to downpipe rainwater diverter is ﬁtted and determine restricted breeds and that Each of the publications is available from the premises has three of the following - a the 22-point identiﬁcation checklist Council ofﬁces or can be downloaded swimming pool cover, water efﬁcient taps they used to identify restricted breeds from the website: goldcoastwater.com. and showerheads, water efﬁcient toilets or was a useful tool when combined with au, along with information on the Level water efﬁcient washing machine. relevant skills and knowledge. 5 restrictions. New or renovated pools - may only be The dog was euthanased. ﬁlled with water sourced from areas not Residents without access to a computer under Level 5 restrictions (ie brought in can also obtain the information from any by truck). If it doesn’t Council branch library. compute, give Desalination it the boot information Driving your dollar further As the amount of household electronic equipment continues to now on tap Life will soon become a little grow, so too does the importance of disposing of it safely. Everything you need to know about the easier for motorists in the Gold Coast desalination project is now That’s why Council is urging residents Mudgeeraba area. under one roof, following the opening to take advantage of its ‘’drop-off of a new, temporary, information centre The upgrade of Somerset days”, when Gold Coasters can get rid at Tugun. Drive from two lanes to four of electronic and hazardous waste and The Desalination Project Information began recently, between Gold do their bit for the environment. Centre will provide information about Coast-Springbrook Road and E-waste is the growing environmental the desalination process, from marine Bonogin Road. concern of our technological age, and tunneling and plant construction to The $4.5 million project includes many people are unaware that items the water distribution pipeline that the construction of two new such as computers and television sets will link the plant to the South-East contain dangerous materials such as Queensland Water Grid. bridges and new car parks in front lead, cadmium and mercury, that do of Darcy Doyle Park and Firth Audio visual displays, maps, models not belong in our landﬁlls. and a DVD explaining the project Park. A temporary side track has been constructed to allow for A two-week study, conducted by will be available at the centre, Council in conjunction with Grifﬁth where visitors will be able to discuss the demolition of the existing University, found that almost 2000 project details on-site with GCD bridge and the construction of such items were left at three landﬁlls - (Gold Coast Desalination) Alliance the south bound bridge. representatives. and this did not include the electronic Obviously construction can waste people put in their wheelie bins After completion of the desalination cause some inconvenience, but during that time. plant in November 2008, a permanent centre will be established near the every effort will be made to The drop-off days are the perfect plant site. minimise it. opportunity to get rid of old computers, Until then, the temporary information It’s expected the project will be monitors, printers, scanners, fax centre will be located near the corner of completed by September 2007. machines, television sets, mobile Boyd Street and Coolangatta Road. phones, electronic games and other The duplication is part of electronic equipment. It is open on Monday, Tuesday, Council’s largest-ever Capital Wednesday and Friday from 8am to The drop-off days will be held from Works program. In 2006-07, 10am to 4pm on Saturday 19 May 5pm and on Thursday from 7.30am to 6pm. $675 million has been allocated adjacent to Tugun Landfill, Boyd to continue meeting the Street, Tugun and on Saturday 26 To arrange group bookings or appointments, phone the GCD infrastructure needs of the city. May at Beenleigh Showgrounds, James Alliance on 5525 9100. Street, Beeleigh. Wastewater upgrade has flow-on benefits Residents will benefit from Council’s in Beenleigh will soon be completed and Waters, Mermaid Waters, Merrimac, four-year $220 million augmentation of most new pipelines and pumping stations Mudgeeraba, Reedy Creek, Robina and the wastewater network. are already operational. Varsity Lakes. Due for completion in The Beenleigh Merrimac Pimpama Works began in November 2005 in the early 2009, it includes the construction of Alliance, which has been allocated $50 Merrimac West sub-program taking in 21 kilometres of new wastewater pipelines million this ﬁnancial year, will deliver Carrara, Gilston and Nerang. The western and four advanced wastewater pumping a reliable state-of-the-art wastewater side of Merrimac will also be completed stations as well as the removal of 23 older network to cater for the demands of our this year. This has involved laying about pumping stations from residential and growing community. ﬁve kilometres of new pipes, upgrading commercial areas. Not only will it maintain cost-effective eight pumping stations, building two new Package B in the Pimpama Coomera water services for the city, but also ones and decommissioning four. works, to be completed later this year, have ﬂow-on environmental and water The largest sub-program is Merrimac includes a new trunk main to carry GCCC3162 conservation beneﬁts. East, with $135 million of wastewater wastewater to the new Pimpama The fully upgraded wastewater network network improvements in Clear Island Treatment Plant.