Council appoints AECOM to design solution for Merimbula STP
Wednesday 28 June 2017
Bega Valley Shire Council is taking action on advice from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and the community that the existing beach-face outfall at Merimbula Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) is not sustainable.
Council’s Manager of Water and Sewerage Services, Jim Collins said the Merimbula STP needs upgrading to meet environmental regulatory requirements.
“In recent years, the existing beach-face outfall has caused community concern around the aquatic environment and public health. To address this issue we have appointed engineering consultants AECOM to help with the upgrade” he said.
The next step for the STP upgrade is developing a concept design and environmental assessment. This will include environmental investigations, design, community consultation and preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
“This is a complex process which will take between 18 to 30 months and Council aims to finish the process by 2019.
“Community involvement and consultation will be a key part of the project. In the coming weeks, the project team will launch a website to provide information on the project and how the community will be able to provide feedback.
“We encourage the community to provide feedback and attend drop-in community information sessions when they are announced,” Mr Collins said.
For more information contact Bega Valley Shire Council on 64992222.
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The level of community consultation has been farcical, to say the least. Moving the effluent from the shore to the ocean is NOT a sustainable solution. Treating the effluent to a higher, supreme level will increase the reuse availability of this valuable resource. This is where BVSC need to explore, not the mega pipeline proposed.