Beechworth Sewer Improvement

Beechworth Sewer Improvement

North East Water continues to work towards changing parts of Beechworth’s sewer system to prevent the sewer overflowing into the Historic Park during heavy rain events.

Beechworth’s unique granite base limits the soil absorption of rainfall, and during heavy rain events this results in major stormwater flows into the sewer. These heavy flows then cause the sewer system to spill over at an outlet structure on Church Street, resulting in an unacceptable impact on the Beechworth Historic Park. It has been determined that increasing the capacity of the pipe that transfers the sewage to the treatment plant will both protect the environment and allow for future growth of the town.

Over the past twelve months, North East Water has investigated and considered several options. Following a thorough assessment process and extensive community engagement, it has been determined that a larger sewer transfer pipe will be constructed and will run from the existing outlet in Church Street, along Last Street, Sydney Road and Old Chiltern Road then through to the wastewater treatment plant near Woolshed.

Click here to view the final route.


We will now commence work to finalise the preliminary design and specifications for the pipeline. Once finalised, the Planning Permit applications will be submitted to Indigo Shire Council for approval.

Once the permit has been issued, our preliminary designs will be updated with conditions from the permit. Once the detailed design in complete we will then advertise for a construction contractor.

This process is likely to take some time and approvals will be required via the planning permit process from Indigo Shire Council, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Parks Victoria.

Community Consultation

On Thursday 29 March 2018, members of our Project Team, and the Beechworth community walked a section of the proposed route along Old Chiltern Road. Our Team discussed the results of the flora, fauna and granite studies, possible construction techniques, advice received from DELWP and Parks Victoria and the planning permit process. Representatives from Biosis Environmental Consultants and Indigo Shire Council also participated in the walk.

We will continue to engage with, and inform the community as the project progresses.

Click here to view the option.

Feedback from the community at the meeting held on 20 April 2017 was that a specific reference group was not required, and the community preferred to continue with the current format of 'open' community meetings. Members of the Indigo Environment Advisory Committee have committed to attending each meeting and sharing information with the Beechworth community.

Community Meetings will be held at regular intervals to keep the community informed of the project and to ensure the community's issues and concerns are consistently understood and considered.

Flora and Fauna Assessment

Click here to see the final Flora and Fauna Assessment, conducted by Biosis Pty Ltd.

Project Newsletters

Project Update - April 2018

Project Update - December 2017

Project Update - September 2017

Community Meetings - Agendas, Notes and Presentations

Community Meeting 25 October 2017

Meeting Notes - 25 October 2017

Community Presentation - 25 October 2017

Biosis Presentation - 25 October 2017

Agenda - 25 October 2017

Community Meeting 21 November 2016

Presentation - 21 November 2016

Community Workshop 4 April 2017

Community Presentation - 4 April 2017

Outcomes from Workshop

Community Meeting 20 April 2017

Notes from meeting - 20 April 2017

(no presentation at this meeting)

Media Releases

23 March 2017: Sewer pipe changes at Beechworth Historic Park

15 November 2016: Beechworth community meeting to discuss potential changes to sewer system

Images of the existing sewerage pipe along the Gorge in the Beechworth Historic Park.

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