Residents from the townships of Bungaree and Wallace, 15km east of Ballarat’s CBD, are supporting the need to connect their communities to a sewer system.
They feature in a new video that advocates for the towns to be prioritised so sewer works can commence over the next 5 years.
Despite a history dating back to the 1880s, the townships rely on septic tanks to manage wastewater, which is putting a brake on development opportunities.
Locals Jo Frawley and Craig Wilson said the townships would struggle to survive without a sewer system. Craig and his wife have owned the Wallace Hotel for 11 years and Jo has lived in Bungaree for 22 years.
“It’s 2021; not 1921. Having a sewer system is really an essential part of what people want in their lifestyle,” Mr Wilson said.
“Wallace and Bungaree rely on septic tanks. We aren’t thriving with that system, so we desperately need a sewer system,” Ms Frawley said.
Moorabool Shire Council Mayor Cr Tom Sullivan said it was important for the local community to join Council’s advocacy efforts by contacting their local Members of Parliament and relevant Ministers.
“Council is committed to partnering with Central Highlands Water and others to make this happen,” Cr Sullivan said.
“I urge local community members to contact their local Members of Parliament, as well as the Minister for Water and the Minister for Regional Development so they can fully appreciate how much local support there is for this project.”
He said it made good economic sense for the Victorian Government to contribute to the project as it would generate jobs and spending in the region.
Cr Sullivan said the growth of the towns would be gradual but would not happen at all without a reticulated sewer system. Council is writing to the Acting Minister for Water Richard Wynne seeking his support for the project.