Urgent Questions – Tram Road Reserve Sewerage Treatment – Council Minutes 27 July 2010

This from Steve O’Brien,  regardless of how you think the Golf course will be developed, it does beg the questions;

How many plans for a sewage treatment plant have be made,  what deals have been struck, and why is the current location the only one being considered?

It has been stated that the decision is due the proximity of the existing high capacity sewer main, but how does that outbalance the likely capacity of the new developments, and their ability to directly use their own product?


Attn: Leigh Harrison,  A/CEO, Manningham City Council

Dear Leigh

Please see the attached Council minutes of the 27th July 2010 wherein Council categorically states council minutes 27 july 2010-(page 2992):-

Eastern Golf Course Opportunity

1.27. While not located within Doncaster Hill, the potential development of the Eastern Golf course provides an excellent opportunity to leverage the

Doncaster Hill example.

 1.28. The 47 hectare Eastern Golf Course is located immediately to the east and downstream of Doncaster Hill. Its potential redevelopment provides a number of opportunities to support an integrated water management approach, both within the Eastern Golf Course redevelopment and on Doncaster Hill, for a range of reasons, including:

 · Development at the golf course is expected to create significant additional demand for water.

· Development at the golf course is likely to increase the potential for stormwater flows from within the site. There is already a recognised flooding and capacity issue within the downstream Melbourne Water stormwater system, which needs to be addressed.

· Under the provisions of the Victorian Planning Scheme, development will be required to comply with Clause 56 of the Planning Scheme, including

the attainment of stormwater management standards and consideration of opportunities for integrated water management.

· Development of the golf course will provide an opportunity to negotiate with a developer around the provision of land for a potential water treatment plant, and achievement of some broader sustainability principles across the Eastern Golf Course development.

My question is this: Why wasn’t this opportunity that was identified by your Council Officers rigorously pursued and what agreements (if any) were made with Mirvac Group to relocate the Sewerage Treatment Plant to its present location?

I look forward to your urgent response.

Stephen O’Brien

Town Planner

Candidate for Koonung Ward (Manningham City Council)

Phone 044 8147 238

“Because the residents of Koonung Ward deserve much better”

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