Overview

GWMWater has submitted a works approval (application number 1004240) to construct a wastewater treatment plant. The plant would be on Kiely Street in Goroke, Victoria. The treatment plant will treat the wastewater collected by the pipe network. It will have two lagoons and will reuse the treated effluent to irrigate a tree lot.

You can view the full application in the 'Supporting documents’ section of this page.

For more information on the works approval process see EPA works approvals (publication 1523).

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Works approval issued

EPA has issued a works approval, subject to conditions, to Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water (GWMWater), to install a septic tank effluent discharge system (STEDs) reticulation to collect primary treated effluent for the current residential septic tanks, and a new wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) consisting of a 5.3ML facultative pond, a 50m3 gravity-fed holding tank, and onsite reuse irrigation area at its premises at 15–27 Kiely Street, Goroke, Victoria 3412.

This WWTP will resolve ongoing issues with wastewater treatment in the area.

View the works approval documents in the ‘Supporting documents’ section on this page.

GWMWater must notify EPA when it intends to start and finish the work. GWMWater must ensure that the WWTP does not have offsite impacts, including odour and noise, and report to EPA that the construction is in accordance with the approval.

These premises are required to obtain an EPA approval for the wastewater irrigation area to ensure protection of the surrounding environment and health of the community.

If you object to the issuing of the works approval or its conditions, you may have the decision reviewed at VCAT by applying in writing within 21 days of the date of issue to:

Registrar, Planning and Environment Division
Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)
7th Floor, 55 King Street, Melbourne

An application fee may be applicable when lodging an appeal with VCAT. Contact VCAT on 03 9628 9777 for further details on fees associated with an appeal.

A copy of the appeal should also be forwarded, within seven days of lodgement, to:

Manager, Development Assessments Unit
Environment Protec on Authority Victoria
GPO Box 4395, Melbourne 3001

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Melanie Meredith-Williams

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Senior Planning Engineer, GWMWater

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What does the application propose?

GWMWater is developing a new sewerage scheme in the town of Goroke in Western Victoria. It’s to manage ongoing issues with the current residential septic-tank and effluent-disposal system.

GWMWater proposes to construct a STEDS (septic tank effluent discharge system) reticulation and a new wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). Reticulation means a system of pipes connecting to one another. It would be on Kiely Street, around 380 metres north of the closest house in the township.

The proposed works for the Goroke WWTP are an HDPE (high-density polyethylene) lined 5.3 ML facultative lagoon and onsite reuse irrigation area (a woodlot with drip irrigation). A facultative lagoon is a type of pond used to treat wastewater. The STEDS system collects treated effluent from septic tanks (from an equivalent population of 330) then the facultative pond treats it.

The WWTP is designed so the water in it doesn’t seep out into the groundwater. Treated Class C wastewater will be irrigated to land (a woodlot) once the amount of wastewater is big enough.