Council plugs RSL water leak


Howard Salkow

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The Mossman RSL will receive Council's help in reducing water charges caused by a leak. Image: Karlie Brady.

The Douglas Shire Council has come to the rescue of the Mossman RSL by approving a reduction of water charges, caused by a water leak.

In making the decision at Council’s Open meeting on Tuesday, the importance of the RSL’s community work was highlighted.

Wally Gray, Mossman RSL Sub Branch secretary, said he was ‘absolutely delighted’ with the decision which would mean $650 coming off their water rates.

This issue was raised in the Mayoral Minutes by Mayor Michael Kerr at Tuesday’s meeting.

The Minutes showed that the Mossman RSL had incurred expenses of $1,734 to repair a water leak and requested that Council consider its current due water bill to be an amount equal to its previous account.

Gray said this was not the first time there had been a leak, which was under the building. Following the discovery of the leak, Mossman RSL undertook necessary and expensive repair work to the site which involved new water piping.

Considering their challenging financial position and essential role supporting returned defences services personnel, Council resolved to consider their currently due water bill to be an amount equal to its previous account.

Meanwhile, Council has demonstrated its support for the Douglas arts community by increasing its contribution for the Regional Arts Development Funding (RADF) to $20,000.

Council’s increased investment signals a focus on viewing the arts as an economic driver for the Shire.

Council has endorsed the appointment of a committee including artist Jill Chism, music teacher Lynda Irvine, business expert Sandra Cruz, filmmaker Perry Harrison and Cr Abigail Noli.

RADF promotes the role and value of arts, culture and heritage as key drivers of diverse and inclusive communities and strong regions and invests in local arts and cultural priorities, as determined by local communities.

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is delivered as a partnership between the Queensland Government, through Arts Queensland (AQ) and local governments across the State.

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