Pretty Beach sewage treatment plant, Murramarang National Park: pollution incident response management plan

The main hazard to human health or the environment associated with the sewage treatment plant at Pretty Beach is a spill or overflow of effluent.

27 March 2024
Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
Publication, Management plan
  • ISBN 978-1-923200-08-1
  • ID EH20240100
  • File PDF 1.5MB
  • Pages 10
  • Name pretty-beach-stp-pollution-incident-response-management-plan-240100.pdf

The likelihood of an effluent spill at Pretty Beach is considered low, but there are circumstances or events that would increase the likelihood of a spill such as:

  • a blockage in the system
  • a power supply failure during peak visitation periods
  • the failure of containment tanks
  • inadequate management of treated effluent disposal options during peak visitation periods.

Given the size of the sewage treatment plant and management operations at Pretty Beach, other potential hazards are limited because no chemicals or waste materials (apart from effluent) are stored at the site.

There are no sensitive environments near the site, such as a densely populated area, school, hospital or water bodies, which would increase the risk of environmental or health impacts of a pollution incident. Additionally, there are no facilities near the site that handle dangerous or explosive materials which could be impacted by a pollution event. 

This management plan was originally published in 2012, a rebranded version was published in 2016.