Yetman to join three other Inverell Shire visitor sites offering sewerage dump points for travellers

Convenience: Council hopes a sewerage service for mobile home users will help stimulate the community's economy. Photo: Heidi Gibson
Convenience: Council hopes a sewerage service for mobile home users will help stimulate the community's economy. Photo: Heidi Gibson

Yetman is set to improve its appeal to grey nomads and other caravaning groups with Inverell Shire Council approving the installation of a sewer dump point (SDP) at Apex Park. 

Cr Kate Dight said the idea had been tabled with council for some years with requests for the service coming from Yetman’s progress association as well as visiting travellers. 

A report by council’s Environmental Engineering manager, Michael Bryant, said the absence of a reticulated town sewerage system in the town meant the service would be restricted to removable sewerage cassettes typically of 15 litre capacity. 

“Large motor homes can have black water storage tanks from 70L to 250L capacity,” the report stated, so access to the point would be physically restricted to allow use by smaller vehicles only. 

Installing the SDP is estimated to cost $10,000 with about $2000 a year required for ongoing costs. 

The service is provided free-of-charge and Yetman will join other dump points in the shire located at Ashford, on the northern foreshore of Copeton Dam and at Inverell Showground. 

Speaking at council’s Civil and Environmental meeting on Wednesday, Cr Stewart Berryman described the SDP as “worth the investment”. 

“If there’s a sewerage dump point there [travellers] may pull up and stay [and] spend a few bob in the village. It’s up to us to create those little economic benefits for smaller communities.”