Melbourne Water has awarded a contract to duplicate the Hobsons Bay Main Sewer, which carries over 30 per cent of Melbourne’s wastewater to the Western Treatment Plant, with the $200 million project one of the largest upgrades to Melbourne’s sewer network. 

The contract has been awarded to the John Holland Groupand is expected to create over 20 jobs. 

Victorian Minister for Water, Lisa Neville, said this vital project highlights the State Government’s commitment to delivering essential water infrastructure to support the city’s growing population.

“This sewer, originally built in the 1960’s and which runs under the Yarra River from Westgate Park in Port Melbourne to Spotswood, is integral to the Melbourne sewerage network,” Ms Neville said.

“This significant investment will ensure the reliability of Melbourne’s sewage service for the next century – and also creating local jobs.”

Melbourne Water’s General Manager Major Project Delivery, Eamonn Kelly, has congratulated John Holland Group on being successful after an extensive tender process.

“We’re delighted to announce John Holland Group has been selected as the preferred contractor to carry out this important project as part of our overall upgrade to the Hobsons Bay Main Sewer,” Mr Kelly said.

“Melbourne Water has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with John Holland to deliver a wide range of our projects.

“Once the duplicate sewer is complete it will allow flows to be diverted from the original pipeline.”

John Holland Executive General Manager Infrastructure, Andrew English, said the company was proud to continue its long-term partnership with Melbourne Water.

“This will benefit millions of Melburnians and importantly, create opportunities for people to join our industry. The project will partner with Melbourne Water to create two annual scholarships and ongoing employment for Aboriginal university students, and 12 traineeships and apprenticeships,” Mr English said.

Works will begin at Scienceworks early 2022 and the project is due for completion in 2024. 

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