Domestic Wastewater Management Plan
The Mansfield Shire Council Domestic Wastewater Management Plan (DWMP) was developed in partnership with Goulburn Murray Water, Goulburn Valley Water, Murrindindi Shire Council, the Environment Protection Authority and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
The DWMP was adopted by Council in August 2014 and is comprised of two documents:
- A Background Report outlining:
- Population and development trends
- Federal, State, Regional and Local policies around catchment management, water quality, land use and development
- The location and characteristics of declared water supply catchments within the Shire
- Current wastewater management practices and reticulated wastewater/potable water infrastructure
- The recommendations made by several scientific experts commissioned to assist with the preparation of a risk analysis framework to assess the potential adverse cumulative impacts from unmanaged domestic wastewater
- The results of resident/landowner, land capability expert and local plumbers/service technician surveys about current wastewater management practices.
- The Domestic Wastewater Management Plan which is a strategic document that:
- Identifies whether the Shire's catchment areas are at high, medium or low risk of adverse public health and environmental impacts from unmanaged wastewater
- Sets out management strategies to address these risks in an Action and Resource Plan that spans the five year life of the Plan - resources are to be initially focused on better managing wastewater in high risk areas
- Explains how all stakeholders need to work together to better manage domestic wastewater impacts to enable our unsewered towns and rural living areas to continue to grow
- Outlines an education and inspection regime to better inform residents and landowners of their obligations around onsite system maintenance and ongoing compliance with permit conditions relating to their on-site wastewater management system
- Summarises how the progress of the DWMP's implementation is to be tracked by Council and water corporations
- Contains a series of risk maps that identify whether land is within a high, medium or low risk area.
A DWMP Community Handbook has also been created to assist landowners.