Septic Tank Petitions


9 July 1999

Member for Lismore, Thomas George is calling on residents of the North Coast concerned with the new septic tank legislation, that came into effect on 1 July 1999, to sign a petition which I will table to NSW Parliament.

I have been contacted by a number of constituents opposed to the new Local Government (Approvals) Amendment (Sewerage Management) Regulation 1998, which is causing conflict for local councils who have the dilemma of implementing the unworkable regulations.

These regulations are causing confusion due to the varying differences in registration and inspection costs which are levied by local councils within the electorate.

Previously, the Coalition was successful in delaying the implementation of the new regulations for 12 months.

In response to the overwhelming concerns, I have now made available a petition which I would like to present to the House, the strong opposition to the new septic tank legislation. This petition asks the Legislative Assembly to:

- Acknowledge that independent scientific analysis has revealed the guidelines attached to this legislation are flawed and are causing confusion and anger for councils and ratepayers,
- Withdraw current legislation for a total review and
- Produce focussed, workable legislation which does not require registration or fees.

When completed, I will table this petition at Parliament in September. Anyone wishing to sign, obtain copies or further information please contact my office on 6621 3624.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email:

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.