Department of the Environment

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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

Nicola Roxon MP

Member for Gellibrand

Environment wins as Commonwealth supports stormwater harvesting and reuse projects

Joint Media release
15 October 2010

The City of Hobsons Bay is set to benefit from $3.1 million in Australian Government funding to help secure future water supplies through five innovative water efficient stormwater projects.

Member for Gellibrand Nicola Roxon announced the successful series of projects today at Laverton Park.

“Five stormwater harvesting schemes will be constructed in the City of Hobsons Bay, supplying an estimated 147 million litres of water a year to irrigate sports grounds across seven reserves in the suburbs of Altona Meadows, Newport, Williamstown and Williamstown North,” Ms Roxon said.

The five schemes are located at Laverton Recreational Reserve, the Newport Park Precinct, J.T. Gray Reserve, Robertson Reserve and Williamstown Cricket Ground.

“I would like to commend the City of Hobsons Bay for initiating cost-effective stormwater projects to benefit their community and the environment. These projects will contribute significantly to reducing demand for potable water supplies through harnessing stormwater,” Ms Roxon said.

“Funding these projects allows communities to make better use of their sportsgrounds, gardens, parks and reserves throughout the year as well as benefit local waterways and reduce pollutants flowing into Port Phillip Bay,” said Senator Farrell, Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water.

The schemes will use a variety of wetland and biofiltration treatments and above and below-ground storage methods. Construction is expected to be completed by June 2013. The project is being developed in partnership with City West Water.

The City of Hobsons Bay Water Security Project willreceive funding under the Australian Government’s National Urban Water and Desalination Plan to help Australia’s cities and towns prepare for a future with less water due to the emerging effects of climate change and drought.

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.