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Major pipeline upgrade completed at Flynn

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Major pipeline upgrade completed at Flynn

Gippsland Water has completed work to replace a key section of one of the region’s most important infrastructure assets.

Managing director Sarah Cumming said essential work to replace a section of the Regional Outfall System at Flynn would provide greater wastewater security for local industry.

“The system was built back in the 1950s to transport wastewater from the Valley down to Dutson Downs and it continues to play a key role in our local economy to this day,” Ms Cumming said.

“This $1 million upgrade will increase wastewater service reliability for local industry, including Australian Paper’s Maryvale mill.”

Ms Cumming said a voluntary cultural heritage management plan was developed in partnership with the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) to ensure Aboriginal heritage was not harmed during construction.

“Gippsland is well-known known for its high conservation values and rich Aboriginal history.”

“As we couldn’t change our construction area to avoid disturbing the site, we worked with Traditional Owners to complete a salvage of the artefacts prior to the work being tendered.

“Importantly, these artefacts have now been returned to Country by GLaWAC,” Ms Cumming said.

Ms Cumming concluded by recognising the organisation’s valuable partnershipwith GLaWAC and thanking the broader community for their patience while the works were completed alongside the Princes Highway at Flynn between April and June.

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