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Stormwater harvesting project receives $350,000 grant

News Article Date: 
Friday, 17 July 2020

 

Warrnambool City Council has welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement of $350,000 for a stormwater harvesting project at Albert Park.

Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney announced the funding today which will see up to 15 ML (six Olympic swimming pools) of water harvested annually from the rooftops of all major buildings on the northern side of the Albert Park Precinct.

The project will be delivered in partnership with Wannon Water, Warrnambool City Council, Bowls Club, Football Netball Club and Warrnambool Secondary College.

“This project is a great opportunity to invest in better water infrastructure for our local community and help build Warrnambool’s resilience in a changing climate,” Ms Tierney said.

“Improving our local facilities is vital for our growing community, ensuring we have the right facilities for our community to enjoy.”

Warrnambool Mayor Cr Tony Herbert said the funding was great news for Warrnambool as it moved to become a more sustainable city.

“This delivers on Council’s Albert Park Integrated Water Management Plan adopted by Council last year,” Cr Herbert said.

“This will further enhance Albert Park’s status as a social, sporting and recreational hub.

“The project accords with our Council Plan, W2040 and builds on the wonderful liveability of our city.”

The Victorian Government has invested in $23.4 million towards 108 integrated water management projects since 2018, helping communities across Victoria in the face of changing climate by securing water supplies through recycling and stormwater use, and improving the health and quality of our urban waterways.

Integrated Water Management forums have been established across Victoria bringing together local governments, water agencies, Traditional Owners and local communities to deliver innovative water projects that help to combat the impacts of climate change and ease the burden on our drinking water supplies.

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