Coramba pump-out meeting

CORAMBA residents are continuing their fight against increased pump-out charges this week with a meeting planned today at Coramba Hall from 7pm.

Since the end of November the Coffs Harbour City Council increased its pump-out charges from $9 a kilolitre to $13.50, and many residents argue they simply can't afford the increase.

Jim Robertson said he was expecting a huge turn out at the meeting tonight and, with community support, there should be some positive outcomes for future development.

In response to the changes council said it had lengthy discussions over pump-out charges and reached an agreement with Handybin Cleanaway.

The pump-out charges affect 288 domestic premises north and west of the city and council said there were not enough users to make the service viable for a contract in its own right.

The number of premises using the service will also decrease to around 60 after the Arrawarra/Mullaway sewerage scheme is completed.

"We understand that this would have had a significant impact on householders with pump-out systems and council has negotiated with Handybin in order to minimise costs for the users," environmental services manager Jeff Green said.

"We recognise that pump-out is an essential service and we want to guarantee users will get a quality service," he said.

The council said it will review pump-out pricing next year, when preparing the 2006/2007 management plan.

The residents will meet at Coramba Hall tonight. For more information phone 6654 4344.

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