TWO hundred and fifty dollars a week bills for septic tank pumping will soon be a thing of the past for Galston and Glenorie residents.
That's because starting next year work will begin on connecting about 620 Galston and Glenorie lots to Sydney Water's wastewater service.
"I hear shocking stories of people being crushed under the cost of living pressures and paying up to $250 a week for sewerage pumping . . . a huge amount of money to have a basic service," Hornsby MP Matt Kean said.
"It's probably the number one issue in Galston."
Pumping is needed after the septic system overflows, the most common reason being heavy rainfall and you can only imagine the sludge that spills out into the yard and sometimes even the street.
"This is how I got elected to council . . . because [Hornsby] Council tried to impose a license fee on septic tanks in 1998 — but we rebelled," Hornsby mayor Steve Russell said with reference to the Sewage Scheme Residents Committee that was formed.
"I then got elected to the council, got the tax rescinded and started pushing to get Galston, Glenorie, Cowra and Brooklyn on the priority list.
"Brooklyn was begun by the end of my first term but the others dropped off the priority list when I dropped off the council.
"When I was re-elected I resurrected the residents' sewerage committee and I then pushed [Hornsby MP] Matt Kean and [Hawkesbury MP] Ray Williams to make it an election promise.
"Which they did.
"Matt and I are now pushing to get Galston High School included in the scheme," Cr Russell, a former Galston resident, said.
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