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Launching Place Sewerage Project

We are in the design and construction phases of providing new sewerage services to properties in Launching Place, Wesburn, Don Valley and Yarra Junction.

We are in the design and construction stages of this project, which will provide sewerage services to properties in Launching Place, Wesburn, Don Valley and Yarra Junction that cannot contain their wastewater onsite. 

This project will provide numerous benefits to the area, including:

  • Improving the health of local waterways
  • Protecting public health
  • Reducing odours in the area that are currently noticeable
  • Providing a more liveable environment for the community.

View a map of the areas under investigation

This project has been split into three packages of work:

  • Package A: Launching Place and Don Valley
  • Package B: Yarra Junction
  • Package C: Wesburn

The following map shows the project area split into each package:

Launching Place CSP Map - Packages (992 KB)

  • Update - May 2019

    An update on each package of work is given below:

    Package A – Launching Place and Don Valley

    We are in the detailed design stage of this part of the project and currently seeking authority approvals before tendering and construction.

    Construction is anticipated to commence in the first half of 2020.

    Package B – Yarra Junction

    Construction of this section of work commenced in March 2019 and is approximately half complete. Our contractor, Comdain, have been updating affected customers as works are about to begin in their street.

    These works are currently expected to be completed in late 2019.

    When the sewer is ready for connection, Yarra Valley Water will send notification and more information about the connection process to property owners.

    Package C – Wesburn

    Our contractor, Melbourne Pipelines (MPL) will commence construction of this part of the project in August 2019, and completion is anticipated to be May 2020.

  • Update - February 2019

    This project has been split into three packages of work, as shown in this map:

    MAP 1 (992 KB)

    An update on each package of work has been provided below.

    Package A – Launching Place and Don Valley

    We are in the detailed design stage of this part of the project. Pressure Sewer Services Australia (PSSA) are currently carrying out on-property designs on behalf of Yarra Valley Water.

    Construction is anticipated to commence in the second half of 2020.

    Package B – Yarra Junction

    The commencement of work has been delayed slightly, due to delays with stakeholder approvals. Construction of sewers in Yarra Junction (Package B) will now begin in late February 2019. Our contractor, Comdain, will update affected customers as works are about to begin in their street.

    These works are currently expected to be completed in late 2019.

    Package C – Wesburn

    Our contractor, Melbourne Pipelines (MPL) will commence construction of this part of the project in May 2019, and completion is anticipated to be December 2019.

  • Update - November 2018

    Launching Place, Don Valley, Yarra Junction and Wesburn Community Sewerage Project  

    Yarra Valley Water is completing a sewerage servicing project in the Don Valley, Launching Place, Yarra Junction and Wesburn area. 

    We have divided the area into three packages of work as shown in this map:

    MAP 1 (992 KB)

    An update on each package of work has been provided below. 

    Package A - Launching Place and Don Valley

    We have now finalised the design of the sewer for the Don Valley area and will appoint the contractor to construct the sewer in early 2019. Once this has occurred we will be able to confirm planning permit requires and provide an update on when we will commence construction.

    Package B - Yarra Junction  

    Construction of sewers in Package B should commence towards the end of 2018 and are likely to be completed mid-2019, pending stakeholder approvals. 

    Our contractor, Comdain will provide further information to affected customers closer to the date. 

    Package C - Wesburn

    We anticipate construction of sewers in the Wesburn area will commence in early 2019, pending stakeholder approvals.  These are likely be completed in the second half of 2019. 

    Our contractor, Melbourne Pipelines will provide further information to affected customers closer to the date.

  • Update - October 2017

    Letters were sent this month, advising residents and property owners of the outcome of the Land Capability Assessment (LCA) for their property, and if their property is being provided with a sewerage service as part of the Community Sewerage Program.

    Upcoming information session

    We are holding a community information session on 9 October. Details for the session are as follows:

    Monday, 9 October 2017
    4:30pm to 6:30pm
    Upper Yarra Family Centre
    2444 Warburton Highway, Yarra Junction

    The session is an informal drop-in session, and attendance is not mandatory. There will be no formal presentation. Instead, people can come along and talk to the project team about the proposed sewerage system in Launching Place, Wesburn, Don Valley and Yarra Junction, and find out more about how Yarra Valley Water determined which properties need to be serviced (i.e. which properties will connect to the new sewer pipeline). Attendees will also have an opportunity to have their questions answered in one-on-one conversations.

  • Update - August 2017

    We’ve now determined how we will service the properties on our Community Sewerage Program. We’ll connect some properties to a gravity sewer and others to a pressure sewer.

    Find out more about these types of sewers.

    The type of sewer a property will receive is based on a range of factors including:

    • how hilly or flat the area is
    • where the sewer can go (this can be influenced by other services in the area, such as existing gas or water mains)
    • environmental impacts
    • ease of construction (including property access).

    We’ve also determined preliminary alignments for our sewer pipelines.

    View the map showing our most likely alignments.

    Please note these could change as we move from design to construction. We still need to obtain planning permits from the Shire of Yarra Ranges before we can proceed with constructing these sewers.

    We’re currently selecting the contractor that will construct the sewer pipeline in the street. We expect to start construction activities in the next few months, once all approvals have been obtained.

    Read about the costs involved for properties that will receive a sewerage service through the Community Sewerage Program . 

    Some properties in Launching Place, Don Valley and Yarra Junction are considered to be able to contain all of their wastewater onsite, and will not be provided with a sewerage service as part of the Community Sewerage Program.

    Property owners are still able to connect the sewerage network if they want to, however there needs to be enough capacity in the sewerage system to handle flows from their property, and the owner would need to pay all costs for connecting to the sewer.

    In this case, these costs will apply, as well as some additional costs:

    • The cost of extending the sewerage pipeline to the property boundary (if required)
    • If the nearest sewerage network is a pressure network, the property owner will need to fund the installation of a pressure pod (a small pump that is located on the property to pump the wastewater to the pipes in the street). This pressure pod and pipeline to the street will then be managed and maintained by Yarra Valley Water.
  • Update - March 2017

    Letters were sent this month, advising residents and property owners in Launching Place, Wesburn, Don Valley and Yarra Junction of the outcome of the Land Capability Assessment (LCA) for their property, and if their property is being serviced as part of the Community Sewerage Program. 

    We are also holding an information session about the project and the proposed sewerage servicing approach for the area. Details for the session are as follows:

    Date: Tuesday 11 April 2017
    Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm
    Location:

    Upper Yarra Family Centre

    2444 Warburton Road, Yarra Junction

    The session is an informal drop-in session, and attendance is not mandatory. There will be no formal presentation. Instead, information will be available about how Yarra Valley Water has determined which properties need to be serviced (i.e. which properties will connect to the new sewer pipeline).

    Attendees will also have an opportunity to talk to the project team about the project, and have your questions answered.

Did you know?

Poorly performing septic systems can also be a nuisance for you and your neighbours by creating unpleasant odour and soggy backyards.

Contact us

For questions or feedback about Package A or C of this project (Launching Place, Don Valley, or Wesburn), contact the project manager, George Mushamiri on 03 9872 1199 or by email: [email protected]

For questions or feedback about Package B (Yarra Junction), contact the project manager, Skye Handley on 03 9872 1408 or by email: [email protected].