Minister for Regional Development, Mary-Anne Thomas, visited Talbot on Wednesday (22/09) to announce $630,000 for Central Goldfields Shire Council.
This funding will be used to investigate future growth opportunities and a centralised sewerage system for Talbot. Council will also provide $60,000 towards the project.
The Talbot Futures Project will identify options for a centralised sewerage system and future residential structure planning.
The outcome will ascertain areas for housing growth and providing critical sewage infrastructure for existing and future residents.
The Talbot community will be heavily involved in the shaping of this project, with several engagement and communication opportunities planned.
Central Goldfields Shire Mayor Cr Chris Meddows-Taylor said the funding announcement was a momentous occasion for Talbot.
“This is the most exciting announcement in Talbot since the Gold rush. This funding will allow Talbot to plan a sustainable future with confidence and to enable the opportunity the community has wanted for so long – to grow and develop.
“However, it is also exciting news for Maryborough and for the whole Shire as well.
“Planning for sewerage and growth in Talbot is a critical element in resolving the housing shortage together with better digital connectivity and more frequent passenger rail services.
“This planned development enables our Shire to leverage from the massive benefits of a rapidly growing Ballarat including housing, jobs, services and countless other opportunities.
“A big thank you to the Minister and the Victorian Government for providing this wonderful funding and helping us chart a path forward to a brilliant future.”
Chairperson of the Talbot Sewerage Committee Reiny Gunther said he had been championing for a local centralised sewerage system for many years.
“I’ve been advocating for a centralised sewerage system for Talbot since the local government amalgamation.
“This is a great result for Talbot and I look forward to working with Council to develop a plan to make this project happen.”