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Background

Wastewater from around 300 homes in the Sherwood Park Estate at the top end of Breed Street is currently collected at a pump station near the intersection of Breed Street and Hedges Avenue. From there, it joins wastewater from central Traralgon and is pumped north, before eventually being treated at the Gippsland Water Factory.

As the population of Traralgon grows and the existing sewer network ages, some improvements will be needed to continue to service the community.

About the project

We’re planning to construct a new sewer main to improve the flow of wastewater in central Traralgon.

The new pipe will connect to the existing sewer pump station in Breed Street and allow us to pump wastewater more efficiently.

This new rising main is the first stage of a long term project to improve the capacity of Traralgon’s sewer network.

What are the benefits?

Once completed, the new Breed Street rising main and other improvements we have planned will:

  • Increase the capacity of Traralgon’s sewer network;
  • Decrease the likelihood of sewerage spills;
  • Allow for future growth.

How will I be affected?

The new pipe will be located within road reserves along Breed Street, Hedges Avenue and Waterford Court.

While we’re installing the pipe you may notice some machinery and noise in this area. It’s likely that there will be reduced speed zones in Breed Street, Hedges Avenue and Waterford Court, along with some excavation work in the nature strip.

Will the natural values or cultural heritage of the neighborhood be affected?

The trees along Hedges Avenue are important to the community and are heritage listed. We have worked with arborists and Latrobe City Council to ensure our construction will not impact these trees. We also have put measures in place to avoid impacts to native vegetation and the Traralgon Creek.

During the early planning stages of this project, some Aboriginal artefacts were found in this area. All the remaining artefacts have now been salvaged from the construction zone in partnership with the Traditional Owners, and will be reburied after works have been completed, in accordance with our cultural heritage management plan.

Our contractor will use a technique known as horizontal directional drilling. They will create several shafts in the nature strip and bore the pipeline beneath existing trees, roads, and footpaths. The nature strip will be reinstated once the drilling is complete.

There may also be minimal sections where the pipe is laid in an open trench. Any trenches that are dug will avoid affecting flora and fauna, access to property, and cultural heritage.

All affected areas will be reinstated once construction is complete.

When will this happen?

Construction of the main will begin in early 2019 and will take approximately nine months to complete.

About Us

Gippsland Water supplies fresh clean drinking water to more than 70,000 customers, and wastewater services to more than 63,000 customers across an area of more than 5,000 square kilometres. It maintains a $1 billion infrastructure network, which includes more than 2,000 kilometres of water mains, 15 water treatment plants, over 1,700 kilometres of sewer mains and 14 wastewater treatment plants.

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Contact Us

Gippsland Water Head Office, 55 Hazelwood Road, Traralgon, VIC, 3844

Phone: 1800 050 500
Fax: (03) 5174 0103
Interpreter service: 131 450
TTY: 1800 555 677
Email: contactus@gippswater.com.au

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