AN OVERHAUL of wastewater systems of Poowong, Loch and Nyora is now complete, with residents to benefit from a state-of-the-art, more environmentally friendly sewerage system.
Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing announced the completion of the $20 million sewerage scheme upgrade at Loch on Saturday, and paid tribute to the locals who campaigned to make it happen.
“This is a major win for the communities of Poowong, Loch and Nyora,” Ms Shing said.
“They now have a state-of-the-art sewerage system to bolster their towns and benefit the environment.
“There was a strong community push for improved wastewater management in the three townships. We’ve listened to the community, and we’ve delivered for residents – on time and on budget.
“One of the really good news things that has come about in terms of local projects is being able to connect local towns up to basic amenities which make all the difference in terms of preservation and conservation of environmental standards, as well as sending a very strong message that towns are in fact entitled to the same level of amenity and utility irrespective of distance and history.
“It will enable towns to grow. We’re seeing a steady stream of people interested in moving to the Loch, Nyora and Poowong area and this will enable them to have one more thing to be enticed about.”
A comprehensive re-appraisal of the Poowong, Loch and Nyora Sewerage Scheme saw a partnership between South Gippsland Water and South East Water to produce a pressure sewer system with treatment at the Lang Lang Sewage Treatment Plant.
In this industry-first collaboration, the two water corporations have worked together to connect about 400 properties.
Thanks to strong collaboration, 100 per cent of targeted landholdings have committed to connecting to the scheme.
The upgrade will help minimise the risk of household sewerage polluting the environment through ageing, failing and poorly maintained septic tanks, which will boost the liveability of the towns.
Pressure sewer systems are a state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly way of collecting and transporting wastewater from households.
Waste transported to South East Water’s Lang Lang Recycling Plant is treated to Class A standard.
The bulk recycled water scheme services industry and agriculture in the Lang Lang, Koo Wee Rup South and Nyora areas.
When long-term Nyora resident Don Garnham built a house in 1978, a sewerage system was believed to be ‘three years away’.
“For 20 years it was ‘three years away’,” Don said.
“The group that all came together to try and bring it to the public notice, (former Gippsland South MP) Peter Ryan and everybody that was involved to bring it to the fore, have done a marvellous job.
“The South Gippsland Water board (was great), I was sceptical about the scheme but it’s worked out brilliantly.
“The job they did hooking houses up without making a mess and installing pipes down the sides of roads, I thought was brilliant and I take my hat off to them. As one of the early people in Nyora to get sewerage, it’s marvellous.”