Ratepayers bear $10k cost of water meter mix-up

RATEPAYERS will foot the bill for a council bungle that led to Gladstone Kart Club paying for its neighbour's water.

This week Gladstone Regional Council decided to fully waive the club's water charges of $10,483.64.

That money had been paid to the council in charges since 2011 - the year the club first brought the issue to the council's attention.

The confusion came from the fact the Gladstone Clay Target Club and kart club did not realise they had been sharing a water meter.

It was not until March this year that a slave meter was installed to correct the problem.

Gladstone Kart Club president Chris Bussey said he noticed the issue immediately after seeing the water bill, after he took over the club presidency.

And although it took four years to finally resolve the matter, Mr Bussey said the council had been quick to act once they were contacted for a second time.

"I met two council representatives less than three days after I first spoke to them," Mr Bussey said.

"They came out, saw the issue and within a couple of weeks it was solved.

"Waiving the fee will mean a lot to our club because that's money we can now put back into improving it for our members."

The council offered no reason for the delay, but officers said the mix-up was a shared responsibility between the kart club, as the ratepayer, and the council as the water service provider.