Eram Park (7.7 Hectares) under the jurisdiction of Whitehorse council, now appears the only likely site for the location of Yarra Valley Water’s Sewer Mining Plant after Manningham Council refused to locate it
The challenge now for YVW is to convince (Click on photo to enlarge) Whitehorse it should agree to give up a large area of parkland for the construction of a Sewer Mining Plant, for the sole use of a municipality who have just rejected it, with no benefit whatsoever to its ratepayers. The function of the SMP will involve the removal and treatment of raw sewage
from the main sewer line before it reaches the treatment plan. The sewage is then treated to produce high quality recycled water which will then be pumped approximately two kilometers through a network of pipes across outer Manningham to service the new developments on Doncaster Hill. Each development will have a mandated “third pipe” to accept metered recycled water for laundry and toilet flushing purposes, this avoids high reticulation costs normally associated with recycled water schemes as the recycled water is produced at its source. The plan to install a treatment plant was the result of a MOU agreement between YVW and Manningham council, back in 2008-9, during an extremely dry period which was later to motivate the state government’s decision to build the desalination plant.
The third pipe scheme was originally planned to source its water from a treatment plant located to the west of Doncaster Hill where a suitable site was to be located on parkland adjacent to the golf links estate.
Later there were three alternate options considered, namely the Park and Ride area, Ruffy Lake Park and Tram Road reserve.
Council officers discarded three of the sites and selected Tram Road reserve but were later to reject YVW’s application for a building permit submitted in 2012 on the following grounds:
The proposal represents an unacceptable loss of parkland area;
The operation of the proposal will result in an unacceptable reduction in the functionality of the parkland area;
The proposal represents an unacceptable impact on existing native vegetation;
The visual impact of the proposed buildings and works represents an unacceptable amenity impact on local parkland and on local neighbourhood character.
Council undertakes not to lease or sell its land in Koonung for a Recycled Water or Sewerage Treatment Plant.