Bega Valley Shire CouncilBega Valley Shire Council

Rate Relief

Will my rates be adjusted?

Due to the volume of properties affected, and the current ambiguity surrounding specific properties impacted, we are working closely Council’s Health and Building Officers and the RFS so that adjustments for sewer, waste and stormwater charges can be processed in a coordinated and accurate manner.

We will notify ratepayers in writing of the adjustments once they have been made, and anticipate this to occur prior to the final quarter notice being issued in late April.

For more information, contact Council on 02 6499 2222.

Will there be any further relief provided from Council?

Council’s Recovery Committee is currently determining if any additional rates relief will be provided at Tathra properties and we anticipate an answer regarding this in the very near future and we will advise reatepayers of any financial relief made available.

How can I update my contact details with Council?

Please update your details with Council by completing a Change of Address form or by sending an email to . This will enable us to stay in touch with you and ensure that you do not miss any important communications from Council.

Water and Sewerage

  • Properties that were destroyed by fire will not be charged for water usage or receive a notice this quarter. Meters have been removed from the majority of these properties and will not be fitted again until they have been rebuilt.
  • All properties in Tathra that recorded an increase of 10% or higher in usage this quarter (compared to the same period last year) have been provided with a discount of up to $50.00 off their account.
  • This amount equates to approximately 17,500L of water usage at the property, more than would be expected as usage for firefighting purposes.
  • Correspondence will be sent to affected residents in the coming week outlining changes made to their account.
  • Any fire-affected residents that did not receive the discount or would like Council to further consider their usage charges are encouraged to write to Council. These will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

General information

  • Houses affected by asbestos will be disconnected from Council infrastructure by a third party organisation, under the supervision of asbestos hygienist personnel from Public Works.
  • Non-asbestos affected properties will be disconnected by Water & Sewerage Services contractors.
  • Ash and other debris may drain to the sewerage system through floor drains and other damaged internal plumbing. This may lead to problems in wet weather, including possible overflow into the environment. This situation will be closely monitored.
  • When the fires destroyed properties, they also damaged or destroyed internal plumbing and meter connections. The services to these properties ran unhindered overnight on Sunday night. This and use by emergency services prevented the Tathra reservoir from filling at the time. On Monday morning Council, with support from local contractors, surveyed affected areas and disconnected running meters at destroyed properties. The reservoir then rapidly filled to 100%.



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