Fill up your glass Tara: the water is finally safe
TURNING on the kitchen tap and filling the glass with town water to drink is a moment Tara's Phyliss Brown has been waiting to experience for 78 years.
In the first time in the town's 119-year history, residents now have access to potable water after the Western Downs Regional Council's amended Drinking Water Quality Management Plan was approved by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines and Energy.
It's a game changer for long-time residents Phyliss and Tara Futures Group president Joe Abbott.
Mr Abbott said the town is expected to receive a tourism boost with the town now able to qualify for RV-friendly status.
"We have the Cultural Festival and Camel races coming up shortly - this is going to make it so much easier for all the guests who come to town,” Mr Abbott said.
"Beyond the safety aspects, potable water will immediately impact on liveability for people in the township - it will actually improve people's quality of life.”
Western Downs mayor Paul McVeigh is proud of this achievement, a project the council has been working towards for ages.
"I'm very pleased Western Downs Regional Council has been able to achieve this for Tara, it's going to have such a positive effect on the locals and visitors,” he said.
"This has been an incredibly difficult task as the quality of the Tara bore water is variable ... Treatment of both the surface water and bore water are extremely complex water treatment processes so the potable water for the township is an excellent outcome.
"The kindy will no longer have to pay to bring water in from Chinchilla and the hospital will no longer need its water treatment plant.
"Achieving this for the people of Tara reflects council's continued investment in making all our town in the Western Downs great places to live, work and visit.”
Councillor Peter Saxelby, the council's utilities spokesperson, said the Tara community can now be confident they will be supplied with a drinking water as high a standard as the other communities in the Western Downs Region.
"Council has consistently been supplying a high- quality product to the township and now with the approval by the State Government Department for the potable water, it is an excellent outcome,” Cr Saxelby said.
As for Mrs Brown, she couldn't be more wrapped.
"This is the best news I've heard in a long time. I couldn't be happier,” Mrs Brown said.