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Twelve Apostles pipeline to better protect environment

Thursday 16 March, 2017

Parks Victoria is set to invest in a multi-million-dollar upgrade to sewerage services to meet the growing needs of visitors to the Twelve Apostles in the Port Campbell National Park.

The decision to build a 11 km pipeline from the visitor centre toilets to Wannon Water’s Port Campbell Water Reclamation Plant follows a six-month engineering options investigation and extensive community consultation process.

Parks Victoria’s Sewerage Treatment Plant at the Twelve Apostles is failing to meet Environmental Standards set by the EPA as visitor numbers continue to rise.

In October last year, Port Campbell community members joined a two-day panel to help Parks Victoria and Wannon Water explore the best sewerage treatment options for the toilets at the visitor centre.

Options looked at included:

• upgrades to the existing treatment plant including installing a new local treatment ponds facility

• a pipeline from the Twelve Apostles toilets to the Port Campbell Water Reclamation Plant

Some panel members had questions about the capacity of the Port Campbell Water Reclamation Plant to manage growing visitor sewerage volumes in the long term and preferred the idea of installing new local treatment ponds close to the Twelve Apostles visitor centre.

The best available, independent advice is to install a pipeline as a long term environmentally sustainable solution. The project will go to tender in 2017 with construction due to start in 2018.

The following comments can be attributed to Chris Corbell, Director State-wide & Infrastructure Services, Parks Victoria

“Parks Victoria thanks the Port Campbell community for taking the time to understand the difficult land management decisions which Parks Victoria must make to support a world class visitor experience on the shipwreck coast.”

“Rapidly growing visitor numbers mean our existing onsite treatment plant is regularly breaching the terms of our licence with the EPA.”

“Parks Victoria’s first responsibility is to the environment which is why we have chosen a pipeline which best protects the sensitive national and marine park at the Twelve Apostles.”
 


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