Department of the Environment

Archived media releases and speeches

The Hon Amanda Rishworth MP

Parliamentary Secretary for Environment and Urban Water

The Hon Mike Kelly AM, MP

Federal Member for Eden - Monaro

Securing water supplies for the Googong Township

Joint media release
31 July 2013

Parliamentary Secretary for Environment and Urban Water, Amanda Rishworth, today announced progress on the Googong Township's integrated water cycle system.

The Parliamentary Secretary said the Federal Government's $5.1million investment in the system, which is almost complete, will improve water security in the region by reducing demand on potable water supplies as the area grows.

"This project will reduce the Googong community's demand for potable water from the Googong Dam by about 60 per cent," Ms Rishworth said.

"The integrated water cycle system is cutting edge. It's a focal point for the township where residents are expected to use less than half the average household's water consumption.

"The membrane bio-reactor water recycling system will produce recycled water to irrigate open spaces, parks, and wetlands, and for use in washing machines and toilets."

Attending the event, Member for Eden–Monaro Dr Mike Kelly said the Government was proud to be involved in a project that puts into practice good water resource management.

"In addition to the water savings, this state-of-the-art infrastructure will benefit the environment by improving the runoff quality of water returning to the Queanbeyan River through water-sensitive design, rainwater use and stormwater retention," Dr Kelly said.

"Parklands and the creation of wetlands all sustained by water supplies from the integrated water cycle system will also create refuges for local wildlife and help to establish healthy ecosystems in the region."

Securing a long-term water supply is critical to the viability of the Googong development. Once completed, it is expected that 16,000 people will call Googong home. The township is expected to generate 2,500 jobs and around $185million for the retail sector each year.

For more information on the Federal Labor Government's leadership in ensuring sustainable water supplies, visit www.environment.gov.au/water/australia/index.html