Sewerage scheme commissioned

THE eagerly-awaited $22.45 million Coongulla-Glenmaggie Sewerage Scheme was officially opened at a community event last weekend.

More than 50 people turned out to see the scheme’s first connection to the reticulated sewerage system at the Glenmaggie Mechanics Institute Hall.

Gippsland East MLA Tim Bull attended the event, thanking the community, Gippsland Water and Wellington Shire Council for their contributions to the development of the scheme.

A member of the Glenmaggie community flicked the switch to activate the pressure sewer unit that transfers the hall’s wastewater into the sewer pipe network.

Construction of the scheme began in early 2012, after being named as priority towns under the Victorian Country Towns Water Supply and Sewerage Scheme Program. The Gippsland Water project will deliver reticulated sewerage services to more than 300 residential properties in Coongulla, Glenmaggie Point and Glenmaggie.

A total of $785,000 was received from the state government towards the project.

Gippsland Water customer service and communications general manager Paul Clark said Gippsland Water was pleased to be able to deliver the project.

“This completely new sewerage system will bring a range of environmental and public health benefits to those living in and visiting the Coongulla-Glenmaggie area,” he said.

“It is a community asset that will deliver an essential service to many people for years to come.”