North East Water Corporation has submitted a works approval (Application Number 1003958) to EPA for a proposed upgrade to the current Benalla Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) located on Holdsworth Road, Benalla, VIC 3672. The upgrade to the plant is needed to increase capacity to manage demand for sewage and wastewater treatment until 2050.

The full application can be viewed in the 'Supporting documents’ section of this page.

For more information on the works approval process see EPA works approvals (publication 1523.2).

What this application proposes

North East Water has projected growth to the year 2050, with an increase to the average daily flows from around 2 ML to 3.71 ML at the Benalla Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). Proposed upgrades are required within the existing boundaries of the premises to prepare for this growth.

The proposed works of Benalla WWTP Upgrade have been designed under a staging strategy and include:

  • decommissioning the existing maturation lagoons
  • replacing the inlet works
  • upgrading the existing aerated lagoon (aerators)
  • replacing the existing maturation lagoons with new lagoons by stages
  • providing new winter storage to match the size of the irrigation area
  • upgrading irrigation pump stations/pipelines.

The proposed Benalla WWTP Upgrade works will continue to treat wastewater to Class C standard for irrigation reuse.

Latest update

Works approval granted

EPA has issued a works approval with conditions for North West Regional Water Corporation. The works approval allows for the upgrade of Benalla Wastewater Treatment Plant and associated plant and equipment, designed to have a capacity of 3.71 ML per day.

EPA received 1 submission during the public comment period. EPA values the contributions from the Benalla community received during our assessment process.

The works approval and assessment summary are available to view in the 'Supporting documents' section of this page.

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 Protection Authority Victoria

GPO Box 4395, Melbourne 3001

Previous updates

EPA has agreed to a time waiver that allows NE Water to review the works approval conditions. The decision date has now been moved to early November 2020. The 67a agreement document can be found in the 'Supporting documents' section on this page.

Public submissions are now closed. EPA received 1 submission which can be found in the 'Supporting documents' section on this page.