Positive signs for Pt Boston

WASTE WATER PLANT: Point Boston Community Corporation presiding officer Dave Edwards at the waste water plant.
WASTE WATER PLANT: Point Boston Community Corporation presiding officer Dave Edwards at the waste water plant.

FOUR new homes are set to be completed at Point Boston by the end of this year, with planning for the waste water treatment system that will supply the eco-housing development with recycled water underway.

Point Boston Community Corporation presiding officer Dave Edwards said 12 homes had been built with another four due this year.

He said it was exciting to see the community thriving and construction underway.

"I've been involved since 2007 when it first started, so it's been years in the making," he said.

At the corporation's most recent meeting the Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council confirmed it still held $1 million in bank guaranteed funds in trust for the completion of the plant, which will use advanced technology.

"The funds are there to get engineers involved and get labour here to hook it up.

"Those funds are a safeguard and guarantee the future of the growth at Point Boston."

Mr Edwards said originally the plant could only be hooked up once 50 houses were built, however this number was under review.

He said he was confident of future growth as developer Ron Forster had plans for the remaining lots.

"Ron is very active when it comes to selling land.

"We look forward to the opening up of the new lots."

He said with the growth rate increasing exponentially, the corporation expected the system to meet the growing demand.

The interim waste disposal system, which has been in operation for the past two years, has been shifted into its next phase in anticipation of new houses being connected.

The interim system is discharging into evaporation ponds and the corporation is monitoring inflow in preparation for planning for the permanent system.

Point Boston landholders started moving into and building their homes in December 2013 after SA Health granted approval for waste disposal arrangements.

When Point Boston Pty Ltd, the company behind the $400 million eco-housing development, went into receivership in 2010 the Commonwealth Bank appointed Adelaide-based Fergusons Chartered Accountants as receivers of Point Boston Pty Ltd and unsold land.

Mr Edwards said as all lots had sold, the development was no longer under receivership and was now managed by the Community Corporation.

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