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Aqueduct demolition

Fears of falling concrete at a century-old Breakwater aqueduct have prompted Heritage Victoria to grant a permit to Barwon Water to remove part of the 756-metre structure.

Barwon Water initially applied for a permit to remove five of 14 spans of the ovoid sewer aqueduct but changed its application to four, it announced in May.

Barwon Water managing director Tracey Slatter said the up to $6.5 million project would generate jobs and open up public space and river access.

University recognised

Deakin University has won the Australian Financial Review Higher Education Awards’ community engagement and equity and opportunity accolades.

Deakin won the awards for its AllPlay Learn program, which creates new pathways for children with disabilities, and its Centre for Refugee Employment, Advocacy, Training and Education.

Surf Coast controls

State government is seeking community feedback on “stronger, clearer planning controls” to “permanently” protect the Surf Coast “from overdevelopment and urban sprawl”.

The government has released a draft “statement of planning policy” for public consultation at:

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