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Statement from the CEO: Wastewater issues at Jupiter Boulevard

Point Smythe Published Wednesday, 20th September 2023

Please see a statement below from South Gippsland Shire Council relating to wastewater issues at Jupiter Boulvard in Venus Bay.

“This week Council issued a Prohibition Notice and an Improvement Notice pursuant to the Environment Protection Act 2017 to the landowners of 114 – 116 Jupiter Boulevard, Venus Bay. The above notices restrict the generation and discharge of wastewater at the property until the onsite wastewater issues are rectified.

“This action was taken after inspection and independent analysis revealed the wastewater system that services the property had suffered catastrophic failure and was presenting an unacceptable health risk to the community and the environment.

“Council has previously communicated reservations about the ability of the onsite wastewater system to effectively manage the volume of wastewater being collectively generated from the property. Council has also actively advocated to the state government to consider the installation of a sewerage system in the Venus Bay commercial district.

“Council has not taken this action lightly. However, on this occasion there is no alternative. To maintain safety and to ensure raw sewerage is effectively contained, wastewater cannot be generated or discharged from the property, until sewage issues are resolved.

“Council is, and will continue, to work with the landowners and the impacted businesses to search for a feasible, and compliant solution”.

Kerryn Ellis, Chief Executive Officer, South Gippsland Shire Council