THIRD PIPE COMPLIANCE APPROVAL BASED ON PLANT BEING BUILT ON GOLF LINKS ESTATE
By way of background, Manningham, in 2008, had entered into an agreement with Yarra Valley Water and Melbourne Water to develop an integrated approach to water servicing across Doncaster Hill which was to be YVW’s first venture in a built up area. 2008-9 saw continuing hot and dry conditions in south-eastern Australia, despite occasional heavy rainfall failing to break a continuing drought. However, Victoria remained in drought with Melbourne’s water supplies dipping to around 30% by July 2008.
YVW are again proposing a Recycled Water Plant a mile away from the its destination on Doncaster Hill, slap bang in the middle of Tram Rd reserve and adjacent to the rear boundaries of residential dwellings.
There are still a number of residents who believe that there was never any intention to locate the plant adjacent to the Club’s land otherwise it would have been notified. Mr Tilley, the secretary of the Eastern Golf Club during this period, said there had been no consultation with Council whatsoever and the first he knew of the Sewer mine proposal was after the Council meeting
when a member had informed him of the decision. The reality was that the Golf Club were never informed and had they been notified they would have strongly objected because Council knew it would have seriously undermined on going negotiations with the ultimate purchaser of their land.
Councillors, on the assumption that the Sewer Mine would be built on the Golf Links Estate, agreed to endorse the officer’s recommendation that the third pipe installation be mandated on all buildings within the Doncaster Hill Strategy. Plans for the sewer plant seemed well advanced even the pipe layout and tank capacity design were included in the YVW proposal. The Golf Link’s close proximity to apartment buildings and the minimum impact it would have on adjoining areas made it the ideal location.
Councillors might not have agreed with the third pipe compliance nor the sewer mine concept had they been made aware of the “technical issues” surrounding the unsuitability of the Eastern Golf Club land at the very outset without knowing what the options were. This was one of the many reasons why Councillors rejected the project and resolved that Manningham Council not to sell or lease land to YVW for the purposes of a Sewer Mine.
The technical issues, that were not apparent till two years later, are referred to in the above agenda. The issues Yarra Valley Water and Manningham Officers were not aware of before they signed the Memorandum of Understanding?
Manningham executives, who were very keen to promote the then flagging Doncaster Hill as being the first 20/30 Activity Centre in Melbourne to install a sewer mine, should have made sure Golf Links Estate was appropriate area before entering into an agreement with Yarra Valley Water.