Department of the Environment

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Senator the Hon Don Farrell

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water

Stormwater to keep heritage parks and gardens green

Media release
19 April 2012

Heritage-listed public gardens in Melbourne will save water and stay green through a stormwater harvesting and reuse scheme.

Marking the start of construction of a stormwater storage tank at Fitzroy Gardens today, Senator Don Farrell, Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, said the tank is part of the Eastern Melbourne Parks and Gardens Stormwater Harvesting Scheme.

“The Australian Government is investing $4.88 million in the Scheme through its National Urban Water and Desalination Plan under the Water for the Future initiative,” he said.

“This investment enables Melbourne City Council to supply an estimated 124 million litres of recycled stormwater a year to irrigate three heritage-listed Melbourne public gardens.

“The Fitzroy and Treasury gardens have been allocated $2.12 million to support the harvesting and reuse of stormwater for irrigation.

“Recycled stormwater will now irrigate the gardens, saving valuable drinking-quality water.”

The tank to be installed will be one of the city’s largest underground tanks with a storage capacity of five million litres.

It will provide 69 million litres of recycled water every year, which is more than half of the annual irrigation needs of Fitzroy Gardens.

“The Australian Government is proud to be a part of a project that demonstrates how cooperation between local communities and all levels of government can achieve key environmental benefits and water security for current and future generations,” Senator Farrell said.