Goulburn turns on new wastewater plant

The wastewater treatment plant officially opened in September.
The wastewater treatment plant officially opened in September.

Goulburn’s new wastewater treatment plant has begun operation, two months after its official opening

Pipelines on the Ross Street facility were turned on earlier this week, the council announced.

It’s designed to treat sewage to a high environmental standard, allowing the council to pipe treated effluent around the city for reuse on parks, sporting fields and gardens.

The $30m infrastructure project was funded by the council with help from a $10m federal government grant through the Building Better Regions fund.

Mayor Bob Kirk said the start of operations marked a milestone in what he described as an “incredibly important project.”

“ It will provide an essential service for our growing region,” he said.

“Goulburn is expected to grow by over 6000 people in the coming two decades, with an estimated 3000 new dwellings in this time. The new plant will service these households comfortably, while also allowing us to distribute a quality treated effluent product for our parks and sporting fields and eventually for use by industry.”