In the wake of the recent and destructive bushfires in the Stanthorpe region, Council will offer 4000 litres of drinking water per property to affected rural landowners, to help the community recover. This water will be at no cost, for rural landowners.

Eligible properties directly affected by the bushfires have been identified by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and Council’s water offer will be rolled out across the region in two stages. The first stage is available immediately until 3pm Wednesday 18 September and offers 4000 litre of water to affected properties in Stanthorpe and Applethorpe. The second stage will be rolled out to affected properties in Ballandean and Pozieres and these dates will be announced shortly.

Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Tracy Dobie said that Council is committed to assisting the Granite Belt community rise above the bushfire crisis and get back on its feet.“During these incredibly tough times, residents have showcased a level of resilience and community spirit that is beyond commendable,” said Mayor Dobie. “This water offer is Council’s way of supporting a community that has undergone disaster but is till standing strong.”

The water can be accessed from the MacKenzie Street standpipe in Stanthorpe between 7 am and 3 pm every day up until 3 pm Wednesday 18 September. Property owners seeking to access the water allocation will need to provide proof of their property’s location upon collection. Please contact Council on 1300 697 372 if you believe your property has been affected by the bushfires and is not on the list.

Readers also enjoyed Water Amnesty