MORE than $400,000 will be spent on a new wastewater treatment system at the Narrawong Camping and Recreation Reserve.
After six years of saving and lobbying, the Committee of Management of Narrawong Camping and Recreation Reserve will contribute $150,000 and the State Government $250,000 to the system.
Newly appointed committee of management chairman Paul Drew said there has been a desperate need to replace the current septic system at the reserve, which has been non-compliant with the Environmental Protection Agency’s standards since 2008.
“You’ve got to have good infrastructure for the people that come and if you provide that, they’ll keep coming back,” Mr Drew said.
“We have to make sure the effluent is treated and drained properly, it’s a sensitive job and that makes it more difficult than somewhere inland that doesn’t have the same sort of environmental pressures that this place has.
Committee member Martin Boyer said the new system was originally forecast to cost only $60,000 but soon sky-rocketed in order to meet EPA guidelines, which prohibit the use of effluent disposal if the water table is within two metres of the surface.
Read more in Monday’s edition of the Portland Observer.