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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

$4.5 Million for Dubbo City Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse Project

Media release
11 October 2010

On a visit to Dubbo today, Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Don Farrell announced the Apex Oval/East Dubbo Sporting Complex Stormwater Harvesting Scheme, which will significantly reduce the sporting facility's demand on Dubbo's potable water supplies.

"This stormwater harvesting scheme will supply about 42 million litres of treated stormwater a year, meeting half of the irrigation demands of the East Dubbo Sporting Complex, which is a major regional sporting facility," Senator Farrell said.

"It will also reduce the town's reliance on water from the Macquarie River for urban irrigation purposes, helping to protect the river's health.

"Captured stormwater will be treated and stored in an underground modular reservoir to be constructed beneath the playing fields at the sporting complex.

"I would like to commend Dubbo City Council for initiating this cost-effective stormwater harvesting scheme which will benefit their community and the environment."

The Apex Oval/East Dubbo Sporting Complex Stormwater Harvesting Scheme willreceive funding under the Australian Government's National Urban Water and Desalination Plan.

Projects funded under the National Urban Water and Desalination Plan will source 100 per cent of their energy needs from renewable sources or fully offset their carbon impact. Projects must be completed by 30 June 2013.

"This project continues the Federal Labor Government's commitment to innovative water projects, helping Australia's cities and towns prepare for a sustainable future," Senator Farrell said.

"Funding these projects allows communities to make better use of their sportsgrounds, gardens, parks and reserves throughout the year.

"These facilities will be irrigated with stormwater that has been captured, treated and stored during high rainfall periods for use during drier months. Some of these projects will also provide water for other uses, particularly in public facilities."

Funding for the second round of grants projects finalises the commitment made by the Australian Government in 2009 to invest $200 million in stormwater harvesting and reuse projects as part of the National Urban Water and Desalination Plan, a key component of the Water for the Future initiative.