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 What is a Domestic Wastewater Management Plan (DWMP)?
 Adopted DWMP
 What Information needs to be submitted with a development proposal?
 Direction for planning decisions
 Further information on DWMP

What is a Domestic Wastewater Management Plan (DWMP)?
The Council is required to develop a Domestic Wastewater Management Plan (DWMP) under State legislation to assist with the management of on-site disposal of effluent where land is not connected to a reticulated sewerage system. 

A DWMP establishes preferred approaches to monitoring the condition and management of on-site effluent treatment systems, enforcement, and direction for planning decisions on land use and development.

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Adopted DWMP
The Council adopted its most recent DWMP at the 3 February 2016 Council meeting. 

The DWMP encompasses the whole municipality outside of the sewered areas of Benalla township.

The Plan categorised all unsewered lots using the most reliable, up-to-date data available on matters such as climate, soil and topography, resulting is properties having a sensitivity rating (for the purpose of considering on-site effluent treatment) of low, medium?, or high. These ratings provide clarity to property owners about the information they will have to supply with any future planning application, or where no planning permit is required for a development, for any application to Council for a ?Permit to Install? an on-site effluent treatment system.

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What Information needs to be submitted with a development proposal?
The degree of information to be provided to Council varies according the property's sensitivity risk rating.  For low rated properties, only very basic information would need to be submitted, compared to more comprehensive information for those rated medium or high.

The Domestic Wastewater Management Plan below has more information on risk levels.

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Land owners wishing to lodge a planning application for development which relies on an on-site effluent treatment system, or where no planning permit is required, when lodging an application for a Permit to Install, should contact Council on (03) 5760 2600 to determine the risk rating of their land.

Once the sensitivity risk rating for a property is confirmed, information needs to be prepared in accordance with the relevant check list.  In the case of proposals where the risk is Medium or higher, the information will need to be prepared as part of a Land Capability Assessment by a suitably qualified professional.

The Council is happy to clarify these requirements at the number above.
 
Direction for planning decisions
One of the key outcomes of the DWMP is that is provides direction to Council and the water corporations (North East Water, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority & Goulburn Murray Water), responsible for managing the drinking water catchments in the municipality, in decision making on planning permit applications for use and development.

Now that Council has adopted the Plan, with support from North East Water, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and Goulburn Murray Water the implementation of this will be carried out in collaboration with them.

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Further information on DWMP
Municipal Association of Victoria - Domestic Wastewater information

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 Domestic Wastewater Management Plan
 Victorian Land Capability Assessment Framework
 Domestic Wastewater Management Plan Issues Paper
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