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Works are soon to begin in northwestern Victoria on the $1.1 million Murrabit Stormwater project, providing new underground infrastructure including a detention basin and pump station to reduce standing water and its associated risks.

The project will convert the existing open drain network to an underground drainage infrastructure system, with works scheduled to commence from 13 September 2021. 

Gannawarra Shire Council CEO, Tom O’Reilly, said, “The Murrabit Stormwater project will improve the liveability and amenity for residents and visitors to Murrabit by minimising deep spoon drains and standing water conducive to disease-carrying mosquitoes during the warmer months of the year.

“In addition, the new underground infrastructure will also provide a more effective treatment of stormwater, reducing the severity of rainfall events such as ponding within the Murrabit township.”

The project is expected to be completed by early 2022, with Council planning to construct the first four of six proposed stages

The first stages will involve installing stormwater drainage throughout Murrabit and the construction of a detention basin and pump station at the intersection of Browning Ave and Church St.

The project received $1.1 million funding through the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.

The Murrabit Stormwater project forms part of the $16.542 million capital works program Council commenced delivery of in July this year, adding to the significant investment in a range of other Council projects across the Gannawarra.

“As with many of this year’s projects, the Murrabit Stormwater Project was developed through strong local collaboration with the Murrabit community,” Mr O’Reilly said.

“Council looks forward to the improvements the Stormwater project will provide to Murrabit. Not only in reducing standing water and risks associated with arbovirus but also the flow-on economic benefits this project will provide to residents and visitors now and into the future.”

More information can be found at www.gsc.vic.gov.au/projects.

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