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Council will often have publications, documents or policies on public exhibition that outline the goals and approaches for Council service delivery and community planning. These documents can be reviewed at the Council offices or alternatively, on this page.

Adaptive Wastewater Solutions for Small Towns Project – Penshurst:

Council wants to hear from residents living in and around Penshurst and their experiences with onsite wastewater management.

The Adaptive Wastewater Solutions for Small Towns project aims to develop long-term solutions to onsite wastewater management to ensure the future growth and liveability of Penshurst.

Background:

The township of Penshurst in the Southern Grampians Shire sits on an environmentally sensitive groundwater environment that is susceptible to pollution from septic systems.

Penshurst is the most densely populated unsewered small town within the municipality. Council's recent septic system audit identified 93% (189) septic systems inspected were not performing satisfactory and did not meet current public health and environmental standards.

Council completed a prioritisation risk assessment in 2019 rating the townships performance against the property size, land capability hazard for onsite containment, existing septic system performance issues, legacy issues and receiving water sensitivity. Penshurst was identified as one of two unsewered townships within the Shire to rank highest overall as a very high risk. The installation of underground infrastructure has been challenging in the past.

Get involved and have a say

To get involved and to share ideas and experiences, complete the survey here and come along to the Small Towns Adaptive Wastewater Solutions Community Engagement Drop-in-Session.

Date: Tuesday 26 November
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Venue: Volcanoes Discovery Centre, Penshurst

(Refreshments provided)

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