A major water utility has pleaded guilty to creating an environmental hazard in relation to a sewer spill that occurred at Kyneton in July 2016.

Coliban Water took responsibility in the Kyneton Magistrates Court, stating that the sewer spill was a result of a burst on the sewer main that transfers the town’s wastewater from the Jeffrey Street Sewer Pump Station to the Kyneton Water Reclamation Plant for treatment.

The court determined not to record a conviction or fine in relation to this matter, and instead accepted a submission for an alternative sentence to be imposed.

The outcome will see Coliban Water contributing $100,000 toward an Aboriginal Waterways Assessment along part of the Campaspe River, which was the waterway affected by the incident.

The work will be undertaken by the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and a project plan will be developed over the coming months. Coliban Water will provide the funds to the corporation by 31 March 2019.

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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