Fisherman's Bay ratepayers benefit from wastewater upgrades

Fisherman Bay ratepayers will soon be connected to a Wastewater Management System.

Barunga West Council has proposed a $1.5 million investment to improve and expand the Port Broughton wastewater system.

The project is the centerpiece of the council's draft budget and has been released for community consultation.

INVESTMENT: Fisherman Bay ratepayers will soon benefit from $1.5 million imporvements to the wastewater system. Pictured is manager of Infrastructure Services Steve Davey with Barunga West councillor Bryan Lockyer. Mr Lockyer is a tireless advocate for Fisherman Bay ratepayers.

INVESTMENT: Fisherman Bay ratepayers will soon benefit from $1.5 million imporvements to the wastewater system. Pictured is manager of Infrastructure Services Steve Davey with Barunga West councillor Bryan Lockyer. Mr Lockyer is a tireless advocate for Fisherman Bay ratepayers.

Barunga West Council's chief executive officer Maree Wauchope said the project is dependent on a contribution from Fisherman's Bay Management, as the total cost is expected to exceed $1.5 million.

"One of my priorities has been to work with Fisherman's Bay Management and engineers to finalise the scope, design and procurement of this infrastructure," she said.

"Critically, this infrastructure along with a seawall, roads and stormwater will allow Fisherman Bay residents to obtain freehold titles, resolving issues that have lasted for decades.

"We are working hard to progress the wastewater project and anticipate presenting it to council next month."

Since 2017, Fisherman's Bay Management has had development approval to divide land it owns into freehold allotments.

But, the approval is on the condition that the management invests in infrastructure to develop the area.

This includes, wastewater management, coastal protection, stormwater management and roads.

"We determined that it would be smarter and more effective to have one system servicing the entire region, and so resolved to connect Fisherman Bay to the Council's existing facility on Arbon Road," Ms Wauchope said.

"This approach means the townships of Fisherman Bay and Port Broughton will have one wastewater plant, owned and operated by the council."

Ms Wauchope said under the approach, charges for the Fisherman Bay service will be consistent with ratepayer costs on the current system.

There will also be some properties outside of the Fisherman Bay land division that will need to be connected to the upgraded facility.

"Once we have finalised the scope and cost of the wastewater project, we will need to obtain necessary licenses and approvals from both the EPA and Department for Health and Wellbeing," Ms Wauchope said.

"With all of that complete, we will be in a position to start building next year."

Fisherman's Bay Management director Sue Valente said the directors are working hard to finalise arrangements and approvals and will allow settlements early next year.

"Our priority is connecting each of the 403 Fisherman Bay sites to the upgraded wastewater treatment and collection plant," she said.

"Further infrastructure including the sea wall, road network and stormwater infrastructure will follow in due course.

"We understand licensees have been waiting for a very long time for this infrastructure and we are working hard alongside the council to finalise the designs and see it delivered."

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