In the 19th century, Melbourne was nicknamed 'Smellbourne'. The solution lay in the Western Treatment Plant

In the 19th century, Melbourne was nicknamed 'Smellbourne'. The solution lay in the Western Treatment Plant

In the 19th century, Melbourne was nicknamed 'Smellbourne'. The solution lay in the Western Treatment Plant In the late 1800s, the population of Melbourne was growing fast, but the streets were flushed with rubbish and human waste. It was so bad, it prompted a royal commission. That 1888 royal commission probing the state of the city's public health led to the development of a crucial piece of the city's infrastructure: Melbourne's Western Treatment Plant at Werribee. Nearly 125 years later, that plant in the city's outer west treats more than half of Melbourne's sewage, and is the first sewage farm to be added to Victoria's Heritage Register. From 'Smellbourne' to Melbourne To understand the significance of the treatment plant, you have to imagine Melbourne in the 1880s – in all …
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