Cessnock City Council calls on Hunter Water to prioritise North Rothbury Sewerage

Cessnock City Council is backing North Rothbury residents and is calling on Hunter Water Corporation (HWC) to review their decision not to provide sewerage services to the area until 2024/25.

Cessnock City Council is backing North Rothbury residents and is calling on Hunter Water Corporation (HWC) to review their decision not to provide sewerage services to the area until 2024/25.

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said a motion was passed at last night’s Council meeting in support of North Rothbury residents and other villages in the Cessnock local government area gaining access to sewerage services earlier then currently planned.  

“Council passed a resolution in 2014 which placed North Rothbury at the top of a list for the provision of sewerage services. The list included North Rothbury, Abernethy, Mulbring and Wollombi”.  

“This priority list was established at the request of Hunter Water and was provided to them,” Cr Pynsent said.  

Despite this in August HWC advised Cessnock City Council North Rothbury is not on the agenda for at least a decade.   Cr Pynsent said he is extremely disappointed by the decision and believes it has unacceptable implications for residents.  

“North Rothbury is rapidly growing, Huntlee continues to expand and residents are struggling with their private septic sewage systems. I have heard directly from the residents about the impact this is having, treated effluent is spilling on to neighbouring properties and roadsides”, Cr Pynsent said.  

As a result of the motion Council will reiterate its support for the 2014 resolution. Council will write to HWC and the Minister for Land and Water requesting urgent review of the decision and that the necessary works be brought forward by HWC to be completed by August 2020.  

Council will also seek support from Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot Macdonald and the State Member for Cessnock, Clayton Barr, MP.

20 October 2016