Lake Colac pipe plan gets council backing

Colac Otway Shire Council has received the green light to look closer at a major recycled water plan that would boost agriculture and replenish the region’s at-risk lakes. Mayor Jason Schram said the project could be “history making”, helping to attract new economic opportunities for Lake Colac.

Colac Otway’s proposed pipe dream is one step closer to becoming reality, with councillors and the region’s new federal MP green-lighting a closer look at the details.

Colac Otway Shire councillors have given the nod to further investigate a water reclamation project, which would pump recycled water from the Surf Coast for industry and agriculture and replenishing lakes like Lake Colac.

The council endorsed the preparation of a study into the economic feasibility and cost-versus-benefit of the project on Wednesday, with the council to seek outside funding for the analysis which could have a price tag of up to $250,000.

Councillors during debate said the decision did not yet commit a cent of ratepayers’ money to the bill, and was a “no-brainer”, with the proposed six-billion-litre-a-year water injection to boost farming, attract business, improve Lake Colac’s water quality and draw more visitors to the region.

Mayor Jason Schram said the idea to use wasted recycled water from Barwon Water’s Black Rock Water Reclamation Plant for the whole region arose from a community campaign to replenish Lake Colac, and would turn wasted water into “wanted water, that can be utilised by thousands of people in our region with countless benefits”.

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