Further Funds for Tarago Reservoir

Published on 13 July 2017

Media Release

Water quality in the Tarago Reservoir is set for continued improvement with a partnership program between Melbourne Water Corporation and Council extended for two years.

The partnership was initially negotiated in 2015 with a focus on domestic wastewater management, roadside management and statutory planning in the Tarago Reservoir Catchment.

At last night’s meeting, Council supported the proposed two year extension, brought about by the past year’s success and a desire to improve wastewater management in the Shire.

The program extension is majorly funded by Melbourne Water with an upfront contribution of $175,000; additional costs to the tune of $50,000 will be incurred by Council over the two year period.

Mayor of Baw Baw Shire Councillor Joe Gauci said continuation of the partnership program is vital not only to the health of our communities but to the environment as well.

“The Tarago Reservoir provides drinking water to residents across the Shire, this program is helping to minimise any contamination risks which is so important for a healthy community,” said the Mayor.

“Although the partnership with Melbourne Water has aided in ensuring our health, it has also shown benefits for the environment by reducing erosion and protecting natural ecosystems within the catchment.”

The Mayor also noted that the resolution to extend the Tarago Reservoir program encompasses the objective in the 2017-2021 Council Plan for safe and sustainable environments.

“As a Council we are committed to protecting and managing our environments. Extending the partnership program will continue to improve and protect the Tarago Reservoir for all to enjoy.”

For further information regarding Council’s resolution, go to Agendas and Minutes.