A Community Panel was established to investigate funding options to maintain the South East Drainage Network. The panel, which operated closely to a jury model, looked at possible options to ensure the drainage network and its associated infra structure was maintained now and into the future.
The State Government committed $2.2 Million per year, however more funding was required to meet maintenance expectations and requirements.
The Community Panel investigated options to raise the extra needed funding and who should pay for the future management of the drainage system.
The Panel came together to hear evidence and take submissions from technical experts and the broader community to assist them to develop recommendations that they provided to the Minister.
This was the first time this method has been used in the region.