Bungaree and Wallace will be connected to a sewer network if plans for the project go ahead.

The much needed infrastructure is needed to create residential growth and Moorabool Shire Council predicts a reticulated sewerage system will provide the stimulus needed for 1,343 new dwellings and 3,500 new residents. 

The project could create up to 345 jobs and boosted the economic benefit for the local area by $50m.

Factors considered in the forecasting included Moorabool’s economic standing and changes to its performance and projected population growth post COVID-19. 

“Growth of these towns is going to be gradual, but it won’t happen at all unless we can connect the towns to a reticulated sewer system. 

“Everything else needed for a strong and sustainable community is in place with easy rail and road access to Ballarat and Melbourne, high quality recreation facilities and a school.” 

An estimated $10m will be needed to fund the plan with Moorabool ready to cough up $1m for the plan.

Cr Sullivan said Council has been working constructively with Central Highlands Water to get construction underway in the next five years. 

“Council is encouraging the State Government and Central Highlands Water to partner with us so we can ensure that these towns can reach their full potential and generate economic activity that will benefit the greater region,” he said. 

Council has written to the Acting Water Minister for Richard Wynne seeking his support for the project.

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Author: Dev