Wannon Water Board tours district

15 March 2019

Wannon Water’s Board of Directors has spent the past two days in the Hamilton, Casterton and Coleraine area, meeting with stakeholders and visiting sites and facilities.

Board reception

Wannon Water Managing Director Andrew Jeffers and Board Chair Jacinta Ermacora, right, with Southern Grampians Shire Mayor Mary-Ann Brown.

Yesterday, directors and members of the executive toured the sewage treatment plants at Hamilton, Coleraine and Casterton, the Konongwootong Reservoir and indigenous quiet place and the upgraded Casterton Water Treatment Plant.

A second tour covered the Hamilton water supply system, including the Grampians supply area, water treatment plants and reservoirs. The itinerary also took in the Dunkeld Sewage Treatment Plant and the adjoining grassy woodland area.

Managing Director Andrew Jeffers said Wannon Water recently installed a new $1.6 million clarifier at the treatment plant to remove particles in the water and improve the quality of drinking water supplied to customers in Casterton, Coleraine, Sandford and Merino.

“The upgrade is part of our commitment to operate and maintain high-quality assets that ensure the long-term security of our supply and the reliability of our systems to deliver sustainable and high quality services,” Mr Jeffers said.

The Board hosted a reception at the Hamilton Golf Club on Thursday evening with representatives from community groups and key businesses. They included Southern Grampians Shire, the Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority, Victoria Police, Monivae College, and the Southern Grampians and Glenelg Primary Care Partnership.

Directors held their regular meeting in Hamilton today and enjoyed lunch with employees to celebrate Hamilton’s silver medal win in the International Best Tasting Water Competition last month.

Wannon Water Chair Jacinta Ermacora said the Board was very keen to tour its service region and meet with key community partners to ensure it had a strong understanding of local issues.

Board tour

Wannon Water Board directors and executive members at the Konongwootong Reservoir. 

“As a Board, we see these regional tours as critical to our understanding of not just local water and sewerage services but also of the role we can play in strengthening local communities and delivering customer value,” Ms Ermacora said.

“We recognise how important Wannon Water’s services are to regional cities like Hamilton. There’s really no substitute for inspecting these sites first-hand and meeting community partners and our employees in person.”