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Council partnership to provide water to farmers

Tuesday 22 January 2019

Wellington Shire Council is partnering with local water authorities and water carters to deliver household water to drought affected families.

Council was successful in an application for $1 million from the Commonwealth’s Drought Communities Program, which is targeted at drought affected communities.

Part of this funding will be used to cart potable water to farming households who rely on rainwater for their household water supply.

In addition to the free cartage, Gippsland Water and South Gippsland Water have also come on board to provide the household water to those farmers at a reduced cost.

Council is writing to primary producers about the scheme, which will enable them to receive up to two deliveries of household water and only pay a reduced rate for the water. Cartage will be free.

Wellington Shire Council Mayor Alan Hall said local farmers had told Council that paying for water cartage for household consumption was yet another financial burden of the drought.

“The actual cartage of the water is the most expensive component of a water delivery,” Cr Hall said.

“This scheme, funded through the Commonwealth, will cover the total cost of cartage for two deliveries of water.

“Council is also thrilled that Wellington’s local water authorities, Gippsland Water and South Gippsland Water, have also acknowledged the dire situation this drought has caused and have agreed to heavily subsidise the cost of the water being delivered.

“This is a fantastic example of multiple levels of government working together for the needs of our communities.”

The Drought Communities Program supports local community infrastructure and other drought relief projects for communities impacted by drought. There are specific guidelines for the funding, which means infrastructure and projects must:

  • Provide employment for people whose work opportunities have been impacted by drought
  • Stimulate local community spending
  • Use local resources, businesses and suppliers
  • Provide a long-lasting benefit to communities and the agricultural industries on which they depend.

Council is also working on other infrastructure and projects that will provide indirect support to the wider business community.

Primary producers interested in taking advantage of the offer are asked to contact their local Wellington shire-based water carting contractor (listed below).

To find out more about the scheme, contact Mark Coleman, Business Development Officer 0437 841 104.


Water Cartage Contractor  Contact No.  Area 
Gary Jones Transport  0427 482 533 or 5148 2533  Heyfield 
Kajak Water Cartage  0419 444 428 or 5144 7265  Sale 
R & C Cartage  0428 441 327 or 5144 1327  Sale 
JW & D Stracey  0409 805 921 or 5145 6545  Stratford 
Kiernan Tilt Tray Services  0417 052 256 or 5144 3374  Sale 
Yarram Concrete and Garden Supplies  0427 826 119 or 5182 5223  Yarram 
Sutherlands Concrete  0428 963 750 or 5182 5156  Yarram 
Hunter Management Yarram  0448 667 626  Yarram 
Dyers Distribution  5144 2822  Sale 


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