Improving water quality in Mount Eliza

Published on 06 December 2018

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Mornington Peninsula Shire Council manages around 162 stormwater assets along its foreshore.

As part of the Mornington Peninsula Drainage Outlets Assessment, the Shire has been assessing the structural condition of these outlets and the impact they have on the environment, the functionality, beach usage, and health and safety hazards.

Through this Assessment and Shire inspections, the Sunnyside Road Beach outlet in Mount Eliza was ranked as the poorest outlet on the Mornington Peninsula. 

To improve the structure and safety of the outlet, the Shire will replace the existing 600mm diameter concrete pipe and install a Gross Pollutant Trap.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill said “this is a high priority drainage project for Council to improve water quality on Peninsula”.

Briars Ward Councillor Sam Hearn said “this project will create a safer asset on the beach and reduce gross pollutants into the bay”.

Briars Ward Councillor Bev Colomb said “this is part of the commitment to improve the environmental management of stormwater within our townships”.

Briars Ward Councillor Rosie Clark said “we are determined to take a proactive approach in assessing our stormwater assets to ensure we are looking after our environment”.

The project is jointly funded by Council’s Capital Works budget ($150,000) and the Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning’s Port Philip Bay fund ($100,000).

Construction is anticipated to commence in early 2019.