Sew­er­age project dead af­ter re­view

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Times News -

WAR­REN-Black­wood MLA Terry Redman is dis­ap­pointed plans to con­struct a sew­er­age dis­posal sys­tem for Boyup Brook res­i­dents has been can­celled by the State Gov­ern­ment.

Mr Redman said he learnt the sew­er­age up­grade would not pro­ceed af­ter a num­ber of re­gional projects were re­viewed and wiped from the Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion’s for­ward works plan­ning by the State Gov­ern­ment.

“Fund­ing had al­ready been con­firmed for the Boyup Brook Sep­tic Tank Ef­flu­ent Dis­posal project, which would have greatly im­proved en­vi­ron­men­tal out­comes and de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in the town,” he said.

“Now the project has been scrapped, leav­ing lo­cal res­i­dents and the shire with no mod­ern cen­tral sew­er­age sys­tem and a risk to nearby wa­ter­ways.”

Fund­ing for Boyup Brook’s Sep­tic Tank Ef­flu­ent Dis­posal (STED) was con­firmed in the 2015-16 State Bud­get as part of the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment’s In­fill Sew­er­age Pro­gram and would have taken in dozens of lots be- tween Jayes Road, Grover Street and Beatty Street.

Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion first tri­alled STED in Hy­den in 2014, with re­sults prov­ing the hy­brid sew­er­age sys­tem was a vi­able al­ter­na­tive to tra­di­tional in­fill sew­er­age works, which are gen­er­ally more dis­rup­tive and ex­pen­sive.

Boyup Brook is one of four re­gional STED projects, the oth­ers be­ing in Leonora, Bin­doon and Kuk­erin, that have now been aban­doned by the State Gov­ern­ment.

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