Project Background
Managing the impacts associated with small town sewage has been identified as a high priority for the region. The cost of a reticulated sewerage system can be prohibitive, and private septic systems are often inadequate or not effectively maintained.

Wannon Water, Southern Grampians Shire Council, Moyne Shire Council and the Great South Coast Integrated Water Management Forum have formed a project team to explore solutions for the Penshurst and Cudgee communities.

Reasons for the Project
Penshurst is the most densely populated unsewered small town within the Southern Grampians Shire. A risk assessment in 2019 identified Penshurst at “very high risk” against criteria including property size, land capability for onsite containment and existing septic system performance issues. A recent septic system audit showed that 93% (189) of septic systems were not performing satisfactorily and did not meet current public health and environmental standards.

Penshurst is located in a sensitive groundwater environment that is susceptible to pollution from septic systems. Installing pipes and other underground infrastructure is challenging due to the presence of volcanic rocks.

How you can help us
Complete the survey below and submit it to Council, or simply complete it online. 

Come along to a community information session to be held Tuesday 26 November at the Penshurst Volcanoes Discovery Centre. Drop in any time from 5 to 7pm to share your thoughts.

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* 1. What are the top 3 things which make Penshurst special to you? (choose any 3)

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* 2. How long have you lived in Penshurst?

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* 3. What age bracket applies to you?

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* 4. Home ownership; which best applies to your situation?

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* 5. If you rent, who maintains the wastewater system at your property?

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* 6. Which of these statements best characterises how you feel about the wastewater issues facing the town?

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* 7. Which aspect of the wastewater issue do you experience most (choose any 2)?

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* 8. What outcome are you MOST seeking from this wastewater investigation?

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* 9. Do you have any ideas on how you would like to see wastewater managed in Penshurst?:

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