Park needs waste work

Colac Otway Shire Council must install a new sewerage system at the Forrest Caravan Park to meet Environment Protection Agency requirements. People can have their say on the proposed works, which will include vegetation upgrades, on the council’s website or by attending information sessions.

The Forrest and district community can have its say on a proposed wastewater system for the town’s caravan park.

Colac Otway Shire Council has released plans to the public for a new septic system for the Forrest Caravan Park, which will involve works along the front of the park.

The council will also host community information sessions where people can discuss the works with staff.

The council must replace the current septic tanks at the caravan park because they are defective, with wastewater leaving the site in breach of an environmental law; because the council is the landowner, it must ensure the system is compliant.

Under the proposal, effluent will receive treatment then go to a holding tank, before it is pumped into two mounds at the front of the property – which is a common and acceptable form of wastewater disposal, and the council says is “not conducive to any odour”.

The council considered a range of other options, but the mounds were the only option that allowed wastewater dispersal on the site under Victorian environmental
law.

The project also aims to boost the green character of the area at the same time, calling for extra grass and vegetation near the mound including screen shrubs, native plants and large deciduous trees like scarlet oak.

“Part of the mound may be visible from the street. However, existing shrubs and the planting of new trees will conceal most of the mound from street view,” a council online document said.

See today’s Colac Herald for more.

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