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Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Have your say on Bendigo’s historical groundwater issue

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards today invited Bendigo residents to have their say about possible long-term solutions for managing the city's rising groundwater levels from old mine shafts.

 The Andrews Labor Government is working closely with the City of Greater Bendigo and local mining agencies to manage this important issue.

 The Government is coordinating the development of immediate, intermediate and long-term solutions to the issue, with support from local government and authorities and in consultation with the Bendigo community.

 The Bendigo community is encouraged to have its say on the proposed long-term options:

1)    Pumping groundwater without treatment to an evaporation disposal basin.

2)    Pump, treat and dispose of treated water to the environment

3)    Treat the water and provide it for use through the recycled water network

4)    Treat the water using newer technologies through a constructed wetland or a permeable reactive barrier

 Residents are encouraged to attend one of two drop-in sessions at the Capital Theatre on Tuesday 17 February from 3.00 – 8.00pm and Wednesday 18 February 8.00am – 12.00pm.

 Quotes attributable to Maree Edward, Member for Bendigo West:

 “Shallow groundwater has historically been an issue in the city of Greater Bendigo.  Appropriate management is required to prevent discharge to waterways and allow underground tours at the Central Deborah tourist mine to continue.”

 “The Government has completed an independent technical report about how to best manage groundwater from Bendigo’s old mines. Now we need to hear from the community about their preferred option for addressing the problem.”

 “Once we have received community feedback on the long term options it will be referred to a community reference group and advisory group.”

 

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