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Major sliplining upgrade commences

Gippsland Water has begun work to replace a section of the region’s most important economic infrastructure assets using trenchless technology.

The $1 million upgrade to the regional outfall system will help ensure wastewater service reliability for major industry infrastructure, including Australian Paper’s Maryvale mill.

Gippsland Water Managing Director Sarah Cumming said the system was built in the 1950s to transport wastewater throughout the region and has since continued to play a key role in Gippsland’s economy.

“An important section that passes under the highway at Flynn is ageing and needs to be replaced,” she said, noting the works would not involve digging up the highway.

“By slipping the new pipe through a carrier pipe installed when the highway was upgraded, we can complete the work without disturbing the road.

“Having said that, as the works will take place adjacent to the highway, and will result in increased construction vehicles, the speed limit will be reduced for a short section of the Princes Highway at Flynn.”

Contractor Fulton Hogan commenced the work in mid-March with completion anticipated in the next three months.

For more information visit the Gippsland Water website.

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