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Plumbing health checks for remote Indigenous communities in NSW

Fair Trading New South Wales (NSW) has launched a pilot program for rural and remote Indigenous communities that provides annual plumbing health checks for Indigenous housing providers and their tenants in NSW.

The Plumbing health check program is designed to assist remote Indigenous communities with limited access to tradespeople.

Fair Trading Minister Stuart Ayres has welcomed the launch, and said expert Fair Trading plumbing officers will next week conduct a plumbing health check in Lightning Ridge and Walgett along with local Indigenous housing providers, Murdi Paaki Regional Housing Corporation Ltd and Barriekneal Community & Housing Ltd.

'Fair Trading’s Home Building Service and Aboriginal officers will be teaming up to give local communities a better understanding of the use and operation of the plumbing and drainage systems in their homes,' said Mr Ayres. 'Plumbing health check programs will also help communities identify basic signs indicating system failure, blocked drains and leaking water mains. This will help minimise potentially expensive repairs and reduce environmental impacts.'

The program will emphasis the importance of engaging licensed contractors, the impacts of flushing chemicals into the system, planting over sewer and stormwater lines and altering or interfering with existing drainage. Appropriate use of drinking water supplies, backflow prevention to prevent contamination and identifying water conservation opportunities will also be covered.

Paul Kemp, General Manager of the Murdi Paaki Regional Housing Corporation, welcomed the initiative. 'It’s great to see Fair Trading working with communities on innovative programs that ultimately could lead to better health conditions for our people in remote parts of the State,' he said.

Source: NSW Fair Trading

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Last updated: 8 April 2014
 
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