Brendan Juster has a rainwater tank at the home he rents on the Southside and wonders if no tanks will mean higher water costs.
Brendan Juster has a rainwater tank at the home he rents on the Southside and wonders if no tanks will mean higher water costs. Renee Pilcher

Water tanks optional for builders after govt repeals laws

NOBODY building a new home, commercial or industrial building in the Gympie region will have to install a rainwater tank as of next month.

The State Government last month announced its intention to repeal the laws enforcing the installation of tanks as of February 2013.

The Queensland Competition Authority has given local councils the option of "opting in", which means they can choose to retain the mandatory rainwater tank requirement if they want to.

But Gympie Regional Council yesterday opted out of opting in.

Those councils that do opt in will have to demonstrate to Housing Minister Tim Mander that mandatory rainwater tanks will deliver a net benefit to their community.

The changes to the Development Code are aimed at reducing the costs of constructing new buildings in Queensland (rainwater tank, pressure pump, additional building materials and labour).

People will now have the choice on whether they install a rainwater tank or not.

Southside renter Brendan Juster said his only concern was that the construction of rental properties without water tanks would put more water costs back on tenants.

Gympie Times


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