THE volunteer committee of management of theHeywood Sports Park has had to pay more than $2000 to gain a permit to have a bore drilled to supply water at the recreational site.
Last Thursday, Portland Water Supply Engineers successfully drilled for water at the sports park, meaning that the numerous groups that use the park — including the motocross club, pony club and archery club — will in future have a permanent supply of water.
Secretary/treasurer of the committee of management, Betty Gee, said committee members had been told to expect that the cost of the permit would be quite expensive.
“But we all still got a bit of a shock when we were told by Southern Rural Water the permit cost was $2009. That’s very expensive considering it’s before the work had even started … I’m not really sure how they justify that cost.
“But in the end, if we wanted the water, we had to pay it. They told us the reason it was so expensive was because it is a commercial site, so I suppose that’s just how it is,” she told the Portland Observer.
Mrs Gee said what made going through with the project financially possible was the generosity of Portland Water Supply Engineers, who offered to create the bore basically for free, charging only the cost of the materials.
Read more in Monday’sPortland Observer.