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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

Royal opening of award winning stormwater project

25 October 2011

Rain Bank, Brisbane's innovative new stormwater harvesting and reuse centre, has been opened by Her Majesty the Queen in the presence of the His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, Senator Don Farrell, Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, and Queensland Premier Anna Bligh.

Senator Farrell said it was a delight to welcome the Queen to mark the opening yesterday of the award-winning $8.58 million project, which received $3.3 million in funding from the Australian Government.

"Rain Bank is an excellent example of innovative action to diversify our water supply options as an insurance policy against future droughts," Senator Farrell said.

The project will harvest stormwater from 30 hectares in the West End and South Brisbane catchments to irrigate gardens and other areas of South Bank and will save more than 77 million litres of drinking water per year.

"Rain Bank will ensure that the gardens remain well-watered and in pristine condition even in times of dry conditions," Senator Farrell said.

"Rain Bank makes the best use of the water captured in the council stormwater system, which generally is unused and flows directly into the Brisbane River. By reducing stormwater discharge, the project will also help to improve the health of the river."

The Australian Government funding for the Rain Bank stormwater harvesting project was provided under the National Urban Water and Desalination Plan, targeting urban water infrastructure and research projects across Australia to ensure long term water security for all Australians.