Malmsbury is a town in central Victoria on the Old Calder Highway, 11 kilometres north-west of Kyneton. Situated close by the Coliban River, Malmsbury has a population of 612. Malmsbury is in the north western area of the Macedon Ranges Shire local government area.

The original inhabitants of the local area were the Dja Dja Wurrung people. European settlement began with squatters raising sheep and cattle. Gold was discovered in 1858 and the town became a service centre for diggers travelling to Bendigo and Castlemaine.

The Malmsbury area is known for its deposits of bluestone, used in the construction of notable buildings both locally and throughout the state.


Catchment storages

Our three major catchment storages on the Coliban River: Upper Coliban, Lauriston and Malmsbury, are close to the town of Malmsbury.

The latest reservoir volume levels, rainfall, inflows and releases can be found on our Water Resources page.

We own 27 hectares (66.7 acres) of pine plantations in nine stands at or near our three main reservoirs.

These plantations were established about 70 years ago. Their age and density makes them prone to wind damage and we are planning to have them removed.

We have fenced off areas of significant risk and once the pines have been removed we will revegetate the areas using plants local to the area.

For more information see our Pine Safety Removal project page.


Water supply

The Kyneton system serves the townships of Kyneton, Malmsbury and Tylden.

The Coliban System (Southern) serves the local population as well as commercial and industrial customers with around 2,700 connections.

Water for the Kyneton system is drawn from the Lauriston Reservoir which has a capacity of 19,780 megalitres. Raw water is treated and delivered to the towns at several interface points.

For further water resource information on the Coliban System (Southern) see our monthly Water Summaries.

Water treatment

The Kyneton Water Treatment Plant is located at the Lauriston Reservoir. The treatment process includes micro filtration, flocculation, ozonation, BAC filtration, pH correction, fluoridation and disinfection. The plant has a capacity to treat seven megalitres a day.

Treated water is supplied to the townships via interface points at Tylden, Spring Hill Road system, Kyneton, Park Valley and Malmsbury.


Projects, planned works and standpipes

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Catchment storages





Where does my sewage go?

Wastewater from approximately 2,800 customers in Kyneton, Malmsbury, Trentham and Tylden is treated at the Kyneton Water Reclamation Plant, located north of Kyneton on the Kyneton-Redesdale Road.

The wastewater is collected via 13 pump stations and a sewer network comprising 80 kilometres gravity mains and 11 kilometres of rising mains.

The sewer system also collects wastewater from the Kyneton industrial estate including the Hardwicks abattoir and the livestock exchange.

What happens at the water reclamation plant?

The Kyneton Water Reclamation Plant consists of two systems.

Wastewater from the townships of Kyneton, Malmsbury, Trentham and Tylden is treated in the domestic wastewater treatment plant. The wastewater is treated through a series of processes that includes solids screening, biological nutrient removal, aeration, clarification, micro-screening and UV disinfection.

The Class B water produced is used to irrigate the Kyneton racecourse, sports grounds and botanic gardens as well as the extensive irrigation system on site at the water reclamation plant. In winter the majority of this water is stored in the on-site lagoons awaiting irrigation over summer or is discharged to the Campaspe River in accordance with the EPA licence. Sludge is stored in four lagoons.

Wastewater from the industrial estate along with septic tank waste delivered by local septic contractors is treated in a dedicated aerated lagoon/trickling filter system.

Sludge from the domestic and industrial treatment plants is periodically removed from the lagoons and the biosolids are beneficially reused for agricultural purposes.

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria licence specifies conditions for the management of emissions from the site including wastewater quality and odour.



Water restrictions

Permanent Water Saving Rules (PWSR) apply.

PWSR are a set of five common sense water rules that are in place at all times when water restrictions are not in force.



Roderick Street, Taradale (Google Map)

Kyneton-Redesdale Road (saleyards), Kyneton (Google Map)


Back Creek siphon upgrade project



Pricing information

Currently our region is divided into two separate pricing districts: Central and Northern. Fixed charges remain the same across both pricing districts but customers in each district pay a different rate per kilolitre of water used.


Malmsbury is in our Central District which covers our Bendigo, Castlemaine and Kyneton areas, Pyramid Hill, Lockington and towns near the Loddon River.


For full details see our Pricing information page.


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