The extended consultation period for Goulburn-Murray Water’s proposed fee increases for foreshore licences closes next Friday.
The consultation was extended following fierce public backlash over the proposed increases and criticisms levelled at the new fee structures by both the Water Minister Lisa Neville and Opposition water spokesperson Steph Ryan.
G-MW initially proposed a new $300 fee on all property holders adjoining the region’s waterways, with an additional $295 charged for any ramp, jetty and/or slipway. A fee of $100 was to be imposed on a range of constructions and objects including shade cloths, barbecues, paths and entertainment areas.
For some potential licensees the cost ballooned into the thousands of dollars where previously they paid a mere $300.
G-MW has not flagged whether the new fee structure will remain the same following the extended consultation, but without ministerial support, it seems unlikely.
Managing director PatLennon has thanked those who had taken part.
‘‘Thanks to those who have either phoned, submitted online feedback or stopped in to speak with us in person about the foreshore licensing arrangements being considered,’’ he said.
‘‘Our drop-in days have been well attended. We’d like to encourage anyone who still wishes to provide feedback to do so before consultation closes next week on June 15.’’