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Media Release
Hon Dr Sharman Stone MP
Federal Member for Murray

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister
for the Environment and Heritage


20 March 2001

Waste Water Recycling benefits to flow to Werribee River


A Melton project to reduce waste water flowing to the Werribee River and Port Phillip Bay with significant benefits to the local economy was today awarded $269,000 Commonwealth funding announced by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr Sharman Stone.

"Federal Government funding from the Cleaning our Waterways Industry Partnership Program will help ABMT Textiles re-use more than three quarters of waste water produced in its dye house," Sharman Stone said.

"ABMT will develop an innovative filter system to remove dye from thousands of litres of water used on textiles every day. All discharges to the sewer will stop while any treated water flowing into the Werribee River and Port Phillip Bay will be greatly reduced.

"The project will ease pressure on Melton's precious water supplies, providing more water for use by other local industries such as a new multi-million-dollar food processing plant to be established in Melton's Toolern Employment Park.

"This project provides a good example of the best ways to manage waste water. We want to encourage other Australian companies to note the program's environmental benefits."

The program is funded under the Commonwealth Government's $50 million Living Cities initiative and aims to encourage industry to reduce or eliminate pollution of urban waterways in coastal cities.

ABMT chairman, Mr Angleo Bouzis, believes his project will revolutionise textile dyeing in Australia and around the world.

"This funding will allow our company to expand production and employment and find new markets for a highly successful sporting fabric we developed with the Australian Socceroos," Mr Bouzis said.

"The new technology will allow us to control our waste and contribute to our corporate and civic responsibility towards cleaner production."

Sharman Stone said that Western Water would be able to use the treated waste water for irrigation in the Melton area.

"Contaminants such as colour, suspended solids, silicon oil and dissolved solids being generated by the textiles plant can contribute to the degradation of coastal water quality of Port Phillip Bay and add to salinity problems in the area. The $269,000 in Federal Government funding will go a long way to reducing the flow of waste water into the Werribee River that impacts on aquatic and marine life", she said.

Funding for the balance of the $1.3 million project is being provided by ABMT and other Government sources.

* Dr Stone also officially launched the Victorian Local Leaders in Sustainability Forum at the Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre this morning.

For further information please contact:
Simon Frost 0419 495 468
March 20th 2001

Commonwealth of Australia