At the last public meeting about Bombala and Delegate’s Water supply at Club Bombala on Wednesday, May 2, there was talk about how the community could take action to get council to prioritise the issue.
Among the suggestions from the meeting was to take action prior to the Snowy Monaro Regional Council meeting in the former Bombala Council Chambers on Thursday.
It was suggested by Councillor Bob Stewart that a meeting be organised prior and a presentation made to council at its next meeting.
Water meeting convener Alison Gimbert said that council had contacted her and agreed to meet a contingent to discuss the process of fixing Bombala and Delegate’s water problems.
Mrs Gimbert, retired Bombala Council water employee Ossie Benson and Industrial chemist Virginia Webster will meet Snowy Monaro Regional Council mayor John Rooney, general manager Joseph Vescio, director Operations and Infrastructure Suneil Adhikari and Water and Wastewater manager Mark Rixon today.
Councillors Stewart, Haslingden and Maslin will be attending.
In the meantime, Ms Webster and Mr Benson visited the Bombala Water Treatment works on Monday.
Mr Benson, a former long-term water treatment operator for Bombala Council, had the opportunity to look at the plant as it is now, compared to when he was operating it.
Ms Webster, an industrial chemist in the paint industry, now a Bombala publican, said she understood the chemistry side of things, although her experience was more in the effluent side, treating waste water.
“I can look at the process and look at outcomes. The problem with Bombala’s water is there has been no management, no maintenance and no support for previous operators.
“There are full-time operators there now which is a good thing.
“Council are doing the right things and still have a way to go, but they are making the right moves,” she said.
“It is heading in the right direction,” she said.