Wastewater plan is falling behind

IT is now a full year since the Domestic Wastewater Management Plan (DWMP) was adopted by Mansfield Shire Council.

IT is now a full year since the Domestic Wastewater Management Plan (DWMP) was adopted by Mansfield Shire Council, to ensure that potable water supplies and waterway health are not adversely affected by domestic wastewater discharges.

A plan compiled by consultants for the council was overseen and agreed to (after amendments) by Goulburn-Murray Water, Goulburn Valley Water, Office of Living Victoria, Murrindindi Shire Council and the Environmental Protection Authority.

This led to an initial Memorandum of Understanding between council and G-MW, based on the development of a DWMP and proactive management of domestic wastewater; an improved MOU is yet to be accepted by the parties.

The activity is seen as a response to clear direction by state legislation that council must adequately manage domestic wastewater generated by on-site systems.

The downside of an inadequate response by council to domestic wastewater management could potentially mean a return to blanket application of the one dwelling per 40 hectare density across the entire Mansfield Shire, a situation all would want to avoid.

Such a return would jeopardise future population growth and stymie housing development (and hence trades) in the shire.

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