This project is a good example of genuine co-operation between a small rural community and public sector agencies in the pursuit of common objectives.
The project involved the further treatment of wastewater at the Coleraine Water Reclamation Plant after it has passed through the standard treatment processes around three lagoons.
This Handbury Fellowship developed an exciting project to make much better use of this water by holding it in the third lagoon over winter in order to spray it over adjacent agricultural land during the summer months. It is proposed to build a trial ‘constructed wetland’ into which water from the third lagoon will flow and be treated by natural processes including micro-organisms, grasses, rushes, sedges etc. It is anticipated that the water will flow from this wetland as Class A or Class B which will allow this precious resource to be used in a vegetable, fruit and herb growing enterprise based on organic production principles.
The Fellowship recipient was John Kane on behalf of the Coleraine & District Development Association in partnership with RMIT University (Melbourne) and the Glenelg Region Water Authority (now amalgamated with Wannon Water).