Gold Coast City Council Communit by fjwuxn


      Dive in for pool guide
Level 5 water restrictions need not be a
                                                                                                                                                                                     shows its
                                                                                                                                 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:                                                                                            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

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.

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