New Waste Water system for Macedon

Labor Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, today officially opened the first stage of the Mt Macedon Wastewater Project that will bring a safe, healthy wastewater system to the town.

Ms Thomas said the first stage of the $1.7m project was complete with 33 properties now connected to a new wastewater pipeline.

“Having a safe, efficient, wastewater system will make a huge difference to Mt Macedon businesses and residents – and indeed Mt Macedon Primary School.”

“This is also a great environmental outcome for the area and I’d like to acknowledge the partnership between the Victorian Government, Western Water and the Council that delivered the project – and the vital input from residents, particularly those on the community reference group,” Ms Thomas said.

“As well as the primary school, the town’s hotel and café are now connected to the new wastewater pipeline, which removes sewerage safely to a treatment plant,” said Graham Holt, Acting Managing Director at Western Water.

“I would like to thank the Victorian Government, the Council and the community for their work on this project which will bring major benefits to the local community and help businesses cater to residents, as well as the large number of visitors who flock to the area every year,” Mr Holt added.

Key facts

  • All Mt Macedon properties were previously serviced by individual septic systems, many more than 20 years old.
  • The town’s location and steep terrain meant the cost of a full reticulated sewerage system was prohibitive, so other solutions needed to be investigated.
  • Stage 2 of the project to upgrade ageing septic tanks is continuing.
  • A Community Working Group made up of Mt Macedon residents facilitated community input into the project.
  • A detailed assessment was made of existing sewerage systems across the town and properties were identified for connection to the new wastewater pipeline.
  • Construction on the pipeline began in January 2014, with completion in June 2014.
  • Properties identified for individual sewerage system upgrades were prioritised and upgrades are being carried out (Phase two -Macedon Ranges Shire Council), with completion expected in mid-2015
  • More properties are likely to be connected to the pipeline in the future.