Central Goldfields Shire is calling for tenders for the development of Council’s Domestic Wastewater Management Plan (DWMP) 2021-2024.
Under the Environmental Protection Act 2017, councils are required to have a plan to support growth and development in unsewered areas – whilst ensuring environmental and natural assets are protected.
Once developed the Plan will provide clarity and technical advice to developers, landowners, land capability assessors, plumbers and builders.
Except for the main business centre of Maryborough, as well as parts of Dunolly and Carisbrook, the majority of the Central Goldfields Shire is unsewered.
There are approximately 200 domestic wastewater management systems in operation, with Council receiving around 20 new applications for permits to install new systems every year.
Central Goldfields Shire Mayor Cr Chris Meddows-Taylor said the Plan will provide confidence and support in the development and growth of the Shire, as well as strategic and evidence based information that will help in our advocacy efforts for reticulated sewerage to townships across the Shire.
“If we want to capture the significant growth and prosperity benefits of developing the Ballarat Maryborough growth corridor we need to get Talbot sewered as a priority” he said.
Once a consultant has been appointed to prepare the Plan, community feedback will be invited as part of the process. Council will also partner with local water authorities as part of the development of the Plan.
Council’s Compliance and Environmental Health team are available on 5461 0624 or 0429 016 365 to discuss the Plan.