Melbourne Water has awarded Lend Lease a $36 million contract for the construction phase of the Alphington Sewer Project.

The Project comprises the replacement of a section of the North Yarra Main Sewer between Coate Park and the Latrobe Golf Club in the suburb of Alphington, and an upgrade to a section of the Kew North Branch Sewer under the Yarra River to Willsmere Chandler Park.

The two sections total 2.2 kilometres in length and service 85,000 homes.

Program Director of Capital Works Mike Filby said the works would ensure the sewerage system could continue to deliver high-quality essential services to the northern suburbs.

“The old mains have served us well for almost a century, but they’re no longer meeting the needs of the community and must be retired,” said Mr Filby.

“The new sewers will meet the demands of the community for the next 100 years.

“These works will also significantly lower the risks of costly maintenance issues and spills during extreme wet weather,” he said.

From mid-June, works will see trenching and tunnelling occur under roads, a few homes, the old Amcor site, Latrobe Golf Course, and pockets of local parks and open space.

Melbourne Water will work closely with Yarra and Boroondara councils to minimise the impact of the project on native animals and heritage trees, and to reinstate vegetation in parks and open spaces once works are completed. 

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