Grahamstown catchment fencing

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We're delivering a range of projects to the south-west of Grahamstown Dam, to promote high quality land management and seasonal preparedness for bushfire hazards.

The work involves removing a number of established pine trees, carrying out more frequent vegetation control and fencing our boundary with neighbouring properties.

This page contains information about the fencing project. Impacted property owners are invited to select their preferred fencing option by completing the online form by 30 October 2021.


What we heard

Our community consultation team visited the neighbourhood earlier this year to deliver information about work in the local catchment area. While they were there, they spoke to a number of property owners about the fencing project. Common comments included:

  • Any new fencing should not disrupt the existing view
  • Some residents are currently mowing the grass behind their property boundary because it is not sufficiently maintained by Hunter Water
  • More frequent vegetation control/mowing is required to reduce the fire risk.


What we’re doing

New boundary fencing is required to better define land boundaries, minimise unauthorised access and prevent land deterioration.

From late 2021, new fencing will be installed along neighbouring property boundaries, either where there is no fence or the existing fence is in poor condition. Impacted property owners will receive a notification letter to let them know their boundary requires fencing.

Once the fences are in place, new signage will be installed to help identify the catchment boundary. This land is part of Hunter Water’s buffer zone to Grahamstown Dam protecting the quality of our drinking water. Fines of up to $450 may be issued to individuals who enter these areas.

By the end of this year, Hunter Water will also start a new slashing schedule, to better control vegetation behind private property boundaries. Slashing frequency will be increased to at least six times per year, to prevent the need for residents to access these areas for maintenance. This schedule will be monitored throughout the year and increased if required.

Once underway, we welcome feedback on the success of this new practice.


Fencing options

Based on feedback from residents and further consultation with our Rangers, we have now selected a suitable fencing type for this location. We’re planning to install standard boundary fencing (option 1), which is used within our catchment areas to delineate our property boundaries. However, you can also choose to install your own fencing (option 2).

It is important to note that our new boundary fences will not have a gate.

Option 1 – Post and wire fence

An indicative photo of a post and wire fence is provided below. This option is fully funded and installed by Hunter Water.

Option 2 – Choose and install your own fence

If you choose and install your own style of fencing it must be in place by April 2022. Hunter Water would also be prepared to meet half the cost of such a fence once a quote is approved, however any request for reimbursement cannot progress until satisfactory installation is complete. A minimum two quotes are required under this option and must be approved by Hunter Water prior to engagement of the contractor.

This approach is consistent with the principles of the Dividing Fences Act 1991.

Select your preferred fencing option

Please tell us your preferred fencing option by completing and submitting the form below by 30th October 2021. Once we receive your completed form, we will get in contact with you to discuss the next steps.


We're delivering a range of projects to the south-west of Grahamstown Dam, to promote high quality land management and seasonal preparedness for bushfire hazards.

The work involves removing a number of established pine trees, carrying out more frequent vegetation control and fencing our boundary with neighbouring properties.

This page contains information about the fencing project. Impacted property owners are invited to select their preferred fencing option by completing the online form by 30 October 2021.


What we heard

Our community consultation team visited the neighbourhood earlier this year to deliver information about work in the local catchment area. While they were there, they spoke to a number of property owners about the fencing project. Common comments included:

  • Any new fencing should not disrupt the existing view
  • Some residents are currently mowing the grass behind their property boundary because it is not sufficiently maintained by Hunter Water
  • More frequent vegetation control/mowing is required to reduce the fire risk.


What we’re doing

New boundary fencing is required to better define land boundaries, minimise unauthorised access and prevent land deterioration.

From late 2021, new fencing will be installed along neighbouring property boundaries, either where there is no fence or the existing fence is in poor condition. Impacted property owners will receive a notification letter to let them know their boundary requires fencing.

Once the fences are in place, new signage will be installed to help identify the catchment boundary. This land is part of Hunter Water’s buffer zone to Grahamstown Dam protecting the quality of our drinking water. Fines of up to $450 may be issued to individuals who enter these areas.

By the end of this year, Hunter Water will also start a new slashing schedule, to better control vegetation behind private property boundaries. Slashing frequency will be increased to at least six times per year, to prevent the need for residents to access these areas for maintenance. This schedule will be monitored throughout the year and increased if required.

Once underway, we welcome feedback on the success of this new practice.


Fencing options

Based on feedback from residents and further consultation with our Rangers, we have now selected a suitable fencing type for this location. We’re planning to install standard boundary fencing (option 1), which is used within our catchment areas to delineate our property boundaries. However, you can also choose to install your own fencing (option 2).

It is important to note that our new boundary fences will not have a gate.

Option 1 – Post and wire fence

An indicative photo of a post and wire fence is provided below. This option is fully funded and installed by Hunter Water.

Option 2 – Choose and install your own fence

If you choose and install your own style of fencing it must be in place by April 2022. Hunter Water would also be prepared to meet half the cost of such a fence once a quote is approved, however any request for reimbursement cannot progress until satisfactory installation is complete. A minimum two quotes are required under this option and must be approved by Hunter Water prior to engagement of the contractor.

This approach is consistent with the principles of the Dividing Fences Act 1991.

Select your preferred fencing option

Please tell us your preferred fencing option by completing and submitting the form below by 30th October 2021. Once we receive your completed form, we will get in contact with you to discuss the next steps.

Page last updated: 30 September 2021, 15:26