New General Manager for Central Tablelands Water

The Chairman of Central Tablelands Water, Cr Geoff Braddon OAM, has announced that Mr Gavin Rhodes has been appointed General Manager of Central Tablelands Water. Central Tablelands Water is a County Council with the constituent Councils being Blayney, Cabonne and Weddin.

Cr Braddon said that 11 applications were received for the position and competition for the position was very strong.

Mr Rhodes, who has been Manager of Finance and Corporate Services at Central Tablelands Water for the past 5 years, comes with extensive experience having previously held financial management positions with Orange City Council, Cabonne Council and the Commonwealth Department of Defence over 14 years.

Mr Rhodes said that he was delighted to be chosen for the role and looked forward to assisting the Council in facing the challenges given the current local government environment.

Mr Rhodes will replace the long serving General Manager, Mr Tony Perry, who has announced his retirement after 16 years in the position. Mr Perry joined with the Chairman in offering his congratulations to Mr Rhodes.

Mr Rhodes is expected to commence duties as General Manager on 11 August 2014. He will be employed under the Standard Contract for Local Government General Managers.

Cr Braddon said that Central Tablelands Water had been assisted in making the appointment by Mr Alan McCormack of Blackadder Associates.

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Retirement of Mr Tony Perry - 22nd April 2014

The Chairman of Central Tablelands Water, Cr Geoff Braddon OAM, has announced the retirement of Council’s long serving General Manager Mr Tony Perry.

Cr Braddon said Mr Perry had been employed by Central Tablelands Water for 23 years, 16 as General Manager.

Cr Braddon praised the contribution of Mr Perry as Council’s senior officer. He said that Central Tablelands Water was well regarded in the region and respected by its constituent councils. Cr Braddon said the Council was in a strong financial position and had an exciting future.

The Chairman said he was complimentary of Mr Perry’s contribution to regional affairs where Mr Perry had often lead inter council groups and been a spokesman on regional water matters.

Mr Perry will leave Council in August. Cr Braddon said that advertising has started to fill the position.

Operational Plan - 2014/2015 - 16th April 2014

On Wednesday 9 April 2014, the Council of Central Tablelands Water (CTW) met and considered the 2014/2015 budget estimates, including the Operational Plan, the 2014-2018 Delivery Plan and the Long Term Financial Plan, and resolved to approve these documents being placed on public display for a period of 28 days. Council will consider any community submissions at its meeting on 11 June 2014 prior to formally adopting the documents at that meeting.

CTW general manager Tony Perry said: "Consumption charges are proposed to increase by 5%, $2.15kL to $2.25kL; however, as the annual availability is not proposed to increase, the average residential water bill using 191 kilolitres will only increase by 3.1% or $19.10 over 12 months. Councillors are of the view that consumers have supported Council with an annual tariff increase of 8% since 2006/2007, which contributed to the capital works program, and it is now time to support them with what is considered a more manageable increase.”

Further, Mr Perry said “Council is proposing to drop the inclining block consumption tariff and introduce a straight line consumption tariff which means that residential and rural consumers will no longer be subject to a 50% tariff increase for water consumed over 450 kilolitres in the 12 month period.”

Mr Perry stated that “major capital works planned for 2014/2015 include an upgrade to the Blayney Filtration Plant estimated at $700,000, construction of a new low level water storage reservoir at Carcoar Filtration Plant estimated at $445,000, repairs to the plenum floor at Carcoar Filtration Plant estimated at $200,000 and relocation of the trunk main over Gooloogong Bridge estimated at $205,000.”

Quandialla consumers should benefit from a proposal to bring their water charges in line with those applying in the rest of the supply area. The annual availability charge for a 20mm connection in Quandialla will reduce from $464 to $200 and the consumption tariff will change from an inclining block tariff (currently $1.46kL for the first 200kL per quarter and $2.42 after 200kL) to a straight line tariff of $2.25.

Council’s draft Plans, including proposed fees and charges for 2014/2015, are on public exhibition at Council’s Blayney office and will be available on Council’s website from Tuesday 22 April 2014.