Shared from the 5/8/2018 Mornington Peninsula eEdition

PENINSULA

Plan in the pipeline


Council unveils proposal to “drought proof” Peninsula using treated sewage

A PROPOSAL to use treated sewage to “drought proof” the Mornington Peninsula has received strong backing from farmers.

Mornington Peninsula Council has called on the State and Federal Governments to fund a pipeline that would enable treated sewage from the Eastern Treatment Plant at Carrum to be directed to peninsula farmers.

Mayor Bryan Payne said the project had state significance.

“It requires a commitment of funding as part of food security, employment, tourism, fire prevention and climate change policies,” he said.

“The importance of the development of recycled water infrastructure on the peninsula for food security and maintaining sporting and environmental assets has been clearly demonstrated by droughts, water restrictions of the past and even by the lack of rain over the last three months.”

Cr Payne said the development of a pipeline and system for the peninsula was vital to provide water security to the wide variety of agricultural activities.

Council wants funding for a new pipeline — running off the existing pipe pumping out treated sewage at Boags Rock, Gunnamatta — so the Class A recycled water can be used by peninsula farmers.

Victorian Farmers Federation peninsula branch president Eddie Matt described the council’s proposal as bold.

“It’s been particularly dry this year. If they were to create more water (availability)... it would open more opportunities for small acreages to produce more crops,” he said.

Mr Matt said the Class A recycled water produced by the treatment plant was ideal for irrigation.

Nepean Liberal candidate Russell Joseph strongly backed the council’s proposal.

Mr Joseph said it was a “travesty” the water was being dumped via the Boags Rock outfall when it would be used by farmers.

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