Domestic wastewater management plan

APPRECIATION: At the morning tea last Friday to say ‘thank you’ to those who developed the Mansfield Shire Domestic Wastewater Management Plan were (from left) retiring member for Benalla Bill Sykes, Mansfield Shire mayor Ray Robinson, DWMP project manager Dawn Bray, Minister for Water Peter Walsh and Eildon candidate Cindy McLeish.

ALMOST five years after changes to the state planning laws, which saw the introduction of the 1:40ha ruling, praise has been expressed for Mansfield Shire Council’s Domestic Wastewater Management Plan (DWMP).

Minister for Water Peter Walsh thanked all who had been involved in developing the management plan at a special morning tea last Friday at the council chambers.

He especially thanked Dawn Bray, project manager, for her input over the past two years.

The wastewater management plan came about after dissension and debate over the 1:40ha ruling which saw a halt to subdivisions and future development for housing throughout the shire.

Approximately 90 per cent of Mansfield Shire was affected by this new ruling.

Many other shires across the state were also affected with development in special water catchment designated areas ceasing.

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