The Water Saga
Our newly purchased property had no council services—no water, no sewage, no garbage collection. Despite survey documents informing us that our property was within both the Branxholm town boundary and water district our council refused to connect us to town water. Of course being outside the town boundary (and water district) hadn´t stopped our neighbours over the river being connected to town water—including their house and stock paddocks. Even stranger when you know that the pump which fills the town supply is just 10m from our front gate.The logic? Well old Dolly (who owned the land about 50 years ago),never had power or council services.
So apparently this sad state of affairs was an accepted fact of history.
Rule 1: never try to change the staus quo in a small country town.
By questioning the historical logic we became outcasts. A long and sorry set of woes, including criminal damage, were inflicted upon us. But, I will save the telling of this saga for another day. We ended up taking our Council to a Tribunal in 2011. This latter event is crucial background to the present story, because it was the final step in gaining access to our water licence.
Enough about our water woes. I will save this story for another day