Northern Water Plant community engagement survey results

Local residents have given the thumbs up to the Northern Water Plant project now underway in Corio.

In May/June we invited feedback from Corio and Norlane residents on the project, specifically on our efforts to inform and engage community members on the project development.

About 9500 households received a survey on the project in the mail. 499 residents responded.

Feedback from the survey was overwhelmingly positive.

  • 90.4% of respondents agreed (or strongly agreed) that Barwon Water had been keeping them informed about the project.
  • 83.1 % agreed (or strongly agreed) that we had been listening to community feedback.
  • 90.5% thought that our project information has been easy to understand.
  • 89% of respondents were satisfied (or very satisfied) with overall engagement so far.
  • The majority of surveyed participants were "not concerned" with a range of project issues such as noise, dust and traffic management.

For full survey results, see the report below. 


  Northern Water Plant project survey results (PDF 1.3 MB)


The Northern Water Plant, adjacent to the Shell Geelong Refinery in Corio, is currently in the early stages of construction and is due for completion in early 2013.

We are committed to ongoing community engagement on this major infrastructure project. Since the inception of the project we've kept our stakeholders and community members informed with information bulletins, fact sheets, mail outs, letterbox drops, door knocks, an "open house" event at the Norlane Community Centre and information kiosks at the Corio Shopping Centre.

The Corio Norlane Development Advisory Board (CN DAB) acts as community reference group for the project and we brief its members every two months.

Thank you to those who completed and returned the survey to us — we appreciate your feedback.


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