Yarra Valley Water appears set to compulsory acquire council land to construct a Sewer Treatment Plant for the purpose of supplying water extracted from the main sewer line to all new dwellings on Doncaster Hill. This comes after the Manningham Council had refused to issue a building permit and resolved that it would not lease or sell council land for the purposes of a Sewer Mining Plant. Further Info this link .. ……….. Consultation On Sewer Plant Location
The 47 hectare Eastern Golf Course, located immediately to the west and downstream from Doncaster Hill, was to be the ideal location for the Sewer Treatment Plant on one of several open space reserves on the estate close to the sewer main. Just when it was thought it was being finalised, the Tram Road reserve, 1.4 kilometers away, became the preferred option. Geraldine Sharp was a supporter of the Golf Club option; “It flattened me when I heard that Council had changed their minds
and chosen the Tram Road reserve site, they would have had to dig up all the lead up roads and then use all that energy to pump the sewer water up the steep slopes to 13 Storey Buildings on Doncaster Hill”. “It is little wonder there were so many objections from the public, not surprising that councillors would reject it”.
The development of the Eastern golf course which has provided land for approximately 1, 200 dwellings, was a great opportunity to negotiate with the developer on where to locate the sewer plant. Doncaster Hill was to be the first established area in Melbourne where every new resident would use recycled water pumped from a centrally located Sewer Treatment Plant. Both Yarra Valley Water and Manningham Council had committed to developing the innovative water project, which would have given the 5000 residents it expected to live on the Hill access to Class A recycled water from a local treatment plant.
It was to be the first time a system and treatment plant have been introduced into an established urban setting, and the project would have put Doncaster Hill at the forefront of sustainable water solutions. The then Manningham planning and environment director Paul Molan said the golf club was the most logical location for the system.
Drawing left shows Plant on Golf Links Estate
Yarra Valley Water have made it mandatory for all new residential developments on Doncaster Hill to connect to the system, which will provide recycled water to use in toilets, laundries and gardens. A council report into the project indicated that connecting to the “third pipe scheme” was expected to cost around $500 per dwelling in today’s money.
Tim Flannery, above left, Australian of the Year 2007, warned that dams would never fill again.