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Bannockburn plant upgrade

We upgrading the Bannockburn Water Reclamation Plant to meet forecast population growth.

A new 100 megalitre lagoon will be built on the existing Stephens Road site, with more recycled water available for horticulture, agriculture and recreation.

The new infrastructure will not only meet the demands of a rapidly growing population, but will open the door to new recycled water customers in the near future.


Tree clearing

About 1000 plantation gums trees will be cleared to provide for the new lagoon.

The 5000-tree Brittle Gum (Eucalyptus mannifera) plantation was established by Barwon Water in 2003 for irrigation by recycled water.

The cleared trees will be mulched for use on-site.


Environmental overlays

Works will not impact the Stephens Road bushland reserve managed under a Trust for Nature conservation covenant.

Environmental overlays on the land will remain protected.

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Update on Anglesea sewer pipe repairs 4

Our temporary sewer pipe across the Anglesea River has been completed.

The above-ground pipe is transferring recycled water from Aireys Inlet and sewage from west Anglesea to the nearby Anglesea Water Reclamation Plant until a new, permanent pipeline is bored beneath the river bed.

The 300-metre temporary pipe has been pulled across existing walking tracks and bridges from the west to the east side of the river between Coogoorah Park recreation reserve and Wray Street.

Pedestrian access to the tracks has been restored.

Tenders are being assessed for the construction of the new pipeline.  We aim to have the project completed before Christmas.

If you have any comments, concerns or questions, please contact us

  Media release: Temporary pipe across river 3

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Barwon Water commended

The Barwon Water Alliance was last night highly commended in the Victorian Engineering Excellence Awards environment category for its work on the Meredith water supply improvement project.

The project involved constructing a pump station and 11.5 kilometre pipeline to connect Meredith to the Geelong water supply network.

The awards recognised engineering activities that positively impacted the surrounding environment.

Connecting Meredith to the Geelong system will provide water security by decreasing the reliance on the drought-stressed West Moorabool River and improve water quality for the town's community. 

The project was delivered by the Barwon Water Alliance, which combines the skills and experience of Barwon Water, construction company John Holland and design and engineering specialists GHD.

  Media release: Barwon Water recognised for environmental leadership

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Visit us at the Colac Garden and Lifestyle Expo

We are currently preparing our 2013–2018 Water Plan and updating our 50 year Water Supply Demand Strategy, as well as working on identifying water supply options for the Colac community for the future. 


9 am — 3 pm

Sunday 24 September 2011


Commerce Pavillion

Colac Showgrounds

Bruce Street, Colac

Come and visit us and discuss on which water supply options you would prefer and why.

Visitors will go home with a complimentary drink bottle and will go in the draw to win a water conservation pack.  

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2010-11 Annual Report highlights record expenditure

Barwon Water's 2010-11 Annual Report was tabled in Parliament yesterday.

The report, reveals a total spend of more than $176 million - a record for a 12-month period.

Several major projects contributed to the record, including the Northern Water Plant, Melbourne to Geelong Pipeline, preliminary work on the Black Rock recycled water plant and ongoing replacement of the Colac supply pipeline

Other highlights included a decrease in total water use despite the easing of water restrictions. Regional metered water consumption was 27,510 million litres, down from 27,913 million litres the previous year and 38,459 million litres five years earlier. 

  Media release: Record expenditure in 2010-11

  Annual Report 2010-2011



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Temporary pipe across the Anglesea River

We are continuing to work on a temporary sewer pipe across the Anglesea River.

This temporary pipe has been laid across existing walking tracks and bridges from the west to the east side of the river between Coogoorah Park and Wray Street.

Work is now underway on restoring pedestrian access to the tracks.

The temporary pipe will remove the need for trucks to cart sewage to the nearby Anglesea Water Reclamation Plant.

It will also allow the transfer of recycled water from Aireys Inlet to continue while the new sewer main is constructed beneath the river bed.

If you have any comments, concerns or questions, please contact us

This project is being delivered by the Barwon Water Alliance.

  Media release:  Temporary pipe across river

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Tell us what you think to win!

Do you tweet? Do you like to like things on Facebook? Are you "Linked In"?

Perhaps you're a Google+ early adopter? Or are you still on MySpace?

Let us know what you think about our website and social media and you could win an 8 GB iPod Touch valued at $259.

  Take the website and social media survey now

We're committed to improving our online services, and want to ensure our social media channels are targeted and appropriate.

Have your say, and help shape our online future.


Image shows an iPod Touch loaded with social media apps like Facebook, Twitter and Linked In. A stylised speech bubble contains social media themes icons.

Tell us what you think and you could win an iPod Touch.


The fine print

The survey will be open from Thursday 8 — Friday 23 September 2011.

Update: survey extended by one week until Friday 30 October 2011.

The prize is an 8 GB Apple iPod Touch, currently valued at $259 AUD.

The winner will be drawn at random from all completed surveys on Friday 7 October 2011.

Barwon Water staff and their immediate family members are not permitted to enter, and will not be eligible to win.

All data collected in the survey will be used for research purposes only, and will only be reported at the aggregate level. No personally identifying data will be retained.


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Armstrong Creek infrastructure on schedule

Water and sewerage works are proceeding to schedule for Geelong's newest suburb, Armstrong Creek.

Infrastructure is on track for the first stage of the "Warralily" development. Water and sewerage services will be available when the first homes are built in early 2012.

Water works in Armstrong Creek are on track.

The 4.5 km Boundary Road water main — the primary water source for the new development — is already complete.

We are due to begin work on a new recycled water tank in Mount Duneed in the coming weeks. The tank will store up to 12 million litres of Class A recycled water for Armstrong Creek's future homes, businesses, schools and sporting fields.

We are investing more than $150 million in water, recycled water and sewerage infrastructure at Armstrong Creek.

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Barwon Water welcomes new Chair and three new Directors

Prominent businessman and community leader Michael King has been appointed Chair of Barwon Water.

Dr King is Managing Director of Kings Australia funeral services, deputy chair of St Laurence Community Services and a Board member of the National Small Business Advisory Committee, Gordon Institute of TAFE and Anam Cara Hospice.

The former deputy Mayor of Geelong has more than 30 years experience in management and leadership roles and holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters and Doctorate of Business Administration.

His appointment was announced yesterday by The Hon. Peter Walsh MLA, Minister for Water, Agriculture and Food Security.

Dr King replaces current chair Roger Lowrey, who did not seek re-appointment, and will take up the two-year post on 1 October.

Dr King is one of four new Directors appointed to Barwon Water's Board. The others are City of Greater Geelong councillor and former Mayor, Dr Stretch Kontelj, strategic communications specialist Suzie Batten and Colac identity David Harris.

They will join Managing Director Michael Malouf and current Directors John Bugg, Jodi Heath and Hugh Gleeson.

Dr King said he was honoured by the appointment and welcomed the opportunity to further serve the regional community.

Mr Lowrey congratulated Dr King and the three new Directors and urged them to continue the focus on water security, service delivery and innovation. Mr Lowrey also thanked outgoing Directors John McDonald and Diane James.

"Record investment in new and replacement infrastructure, a major commitment to recycling and the pursuit of innovative solutions to future water needs will ensure the corporation meets growth and development," Mr Lowrey said.

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Calling for entries

Barwon Water is encouraging students to put their coloured pencils and cameras to the test and enter its National Water Week competitions.

Secondary school students are invited to enter a photography and digital image competition while primary school students can enter a poster competition.

The theme for the competitions is "Healthy catchments, healthy communities".

Prizes are on offer for schools and students in both categories.

They include a training session with AFL footballer and Barwon Water youth and environment ambassador Joel Corey and world-record holding paralympian Kelly Cartwright and a $500 grant to purchase water-saving products or educational materials.

Selected photographs and posters will be displayed at the Barwon Water pavilion at the Geelong Show in October and the Colac Show in November. Posters will feature in a 2012 calendar.

Winning entries in the primary school categories will be submitted for judging in VicWater's state-wide National Water Week poster competition.

Schools that enter will also receive 50 complimentary water bottles.

Entries close on Friday 9 September, with winners announced in time for National Water Week celebrations.

National Water Week is held between 16 and 22 October and aims to improve understanding of water issues in Australia. 

  More information on poster competition for primary students

  More information on photo and digital image for secondary students

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