Tree-mendous additions to Hobsons Bay following sewer works

Forty newly donated trees will soon be planted around Williamstown, Newport and Spotswood following the completion of a key section of the Melbourne Water Williamstown Main Sewer Project.

Since March the trees have provided a pleasing backdrop to the works on Ferguson Street, replacing traditional worksite hoarding.

With works at the site nearing completion, the 2.5 metre high Elm trees will now be given permanent homes in the local area.

Melbourne Water has been working with Hobsons Bay City Council on the Williamstown Main Sewer Rehabilitation Project since mid-2016. This early engagement enabled the project team to develop innovative ideas to help reduce the visual impact of the project on local businesses and the community.

Melbourne Water Project Manager Jim O’Neil said the use of the trees was one way Melbourne Water was working collaboratively to deliver better outcomes on major projects.

“The Williamstown Main Sewer provides reliable sewage services for approximately 7,600 homes and businesses in Williamstown, Newport and Spotswood,” he said.

“We wanted to create a safe and appealing space in Ferguson Street while we undertook these necessary works on this important asset.”

“The project team worked hand-in-hand with Council to develop a space that would draw people to the area while works were being carried out, dramatically improving what would otherwise be a standard work compound.”

“This project clearly demonstrates what can be achieved when the community is put at the heart of the decision-making process.”

Hobsons Bay Mayor, Councillor Angela Altair, said the trees would soon be planted in the local area.

“We are very grateful to Melbourne Water for selecting these trees to our requirements so they can easily be replanted once the sewer works are complete,” the Mayor said.

“We will use these trees as a part of our 2018 tree planting program. Likely locations will be in various streets, parks and open spaces in Spotswood, Newport and Williamstown.”

Melbourne Water thanks local businesses and the community for their patience during this important project and is pleased to add to the amenity of the area via the contribution of the trees.

Important information about the Williamstown Sewer works:

  • Built over 100 years ago, the Williamstown Main sewer is a single brick pipeline which runs for 4.4 kilometres.
  • Rehabilitating the sewer requires works to be undertaken from Craig Street, Spotswood (near Scienceworks) to Pasco Street, Williamstown (near Williamstown Beach Station) at a cost of around $22M
  • Sewer relining reduces community impacts and lowers costs, when compared with traditional sewer replacement, which would involve excavating the old pipe.
  • The overall Williamstown project is expected to be completed by mid 2018