Water standpipes

Mitchell Shire Council currently provides public access to 13 water bores across the shire. There is also one provided by a water authority in Wallan.

Historically, these water bores were used for drought relief by primary producers for stock and domestic use. The water is bore water and is not fit for human consumption.

The bores are currently used for different purposes including gardening businesses, commercial operators and home gardeners.

Like many of our assets, the bores are getting old and need upgrading. At a cost of around $30,000 per bore to upgrade and 13 bores that Council is currently responsible for, this is a big expense. We also spend about $40,000 a year maintaining them.

Before we commit to any upgrades, we want to better understand how people are currently using the bores and what impact any changes might have on them.

Compared to other surrounding councils, we provide a higher number of bores. In fact, some councils don’t provide bores at all.

Your input

We are now seeking input from different parts of our community about:

  • how much they value this service
  • if rates should be used to fund upgrades and maintenance of these water bores
  • should Council remove the bores, limit access or introduce charges
  • should Council advocate for a water authority to take over the service in the longer term

Please note any decisions on the water bores will not affect CFA water availability.


Take the survey

Having your say is easy:

  • Take our online survey here
  • Download a hard copy survey and drop it back to us before 28 Feb 2019
  • Pick up a hard copy from a Customer and Library Service Centre (Broadford, Kilmore, Seymour and Wallan)

Survey closes Thursday 28th February 2019

Mitchell Shire Council currently provides public access to 13 water bores across the shire. There is also one provided by a water authority in Wallan.

Historically, these water bores were used for drought relief by primary producers for stock and domestic use. The water is bore water and is not fit for human consumption.

The bores are currently used for different purposes including gardening businesses, commercial operators and home gardeners.

Like many of our assets, the bores are getting old and need upgrading. At a cost of around $30,000 per bore to upgrade and 13 bores that Council is currently responsible for, this is a big expense. We also spend about $40,000 a year maintaining them.

Before we commit to any upgrades, we want to better understand how people are currently using the bores and what impact any changes might have on them.

Compared to other surrounding councils, we provide a higher number of bores. In fact, some councils don’t provide bores at all.

Your input

We are now seeking input from different parts of our community about:

  • how much they value this service
  • if rates should be used to fund upgrades and maintenance of these water bores
  • should Council remove the bores, limit access or introduce charges
  • should Council advocate for a water authority to take over the service in the longer term

Please note any decisions on the water bores will not affect CFA water availability.


Take the survey

Having your say is easy:

  • Take our online survey here
  • Download a hard copy survey and drop it back to us before 28 Feb 2019
  • Pick up a hard copy from a Customer and Library Service Centre (Broadford, Kilmore, Seymour and Wallan)

Survey closes Thursday 28th February 2019