Department of the Environment

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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

Richard Marles MP

Federal Member for Corio

Stormwater creating a green future for Kardinia Park

14 October 2011

Kardinia Park, home to AFL Premiers Geelong Football Club, will be kept green through sustainable stormwater reuse technology.

At Kardinia Park today to mark the completion of the stormwater project, which has received $840,000 of Australian Government funding, Member for Corio Richard Marles said the scheme would improve the security of the park’s water supply.

“The new water harvesting infrastructure will capture will up to 20 million litres of water a year, reducing reliance on potable water and allowing the park to be watered during dry conditions,” he said.

“After Geelong’s great premiership victory, it’s wonderful we can ensure the facilities here are maintained at the highest level, setting the scene for future premiership success.”

The project will divert the equivalent of about eight Olympic-sized swimming pools of stormwater each year into underground storage. The stored water will be treated and used to irrigate the stadium, the two outer ovals and parklands in the vicinity. The turf will also be replaced with drought-tolerant grass to lower the demand for watering.

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Don Farrell, said the $840,000 provided by the Australian Government for the Kardinia Park project was part of a $2.79 million federal investment in the broader Geelong’s Plan stormwater scheme.

“The Kardinia Park project is one of five stormwater harvesting projects being partially funded by the Australian Government in the City of Greater Geelong,” he said.

“Together, the five projects will save up to 222 million litres of water each year, reducing the pressure on our precious drinking water supplies.

“A further $100 million in Australian Government funding has been committed for a third round of stormwater harvesting and reuse grants across Australia.

“These grants will fund projects that help secure urban water supplies, ease pressure on drinking water and improve the quality of urban waterways.”