$950,000 FOR LOCAL STORMWATER HARVESTING PROJECTS

The Victorian Government is investing nearly $1 million in Integrated Water Management projects in the Brimbank area securing a vital sustainable water supply.

Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman today announced the infrastructure funding, delivering a significant boost to long term resilience for local green spaces.

The Funding is part of the Government’s Integrated Water Management program – aimed at easing the pressure on drinking water supplies through innovative uses of water such as stormwater harvesting and recycling.

Funding of $450,000 is being provided for a stormwater harvesting scheme at Brimbank Oasis.

The scheme will harvest and treat stormwater of up to 11 megalitres each year for irrigation of Dempster Park and adjacent open space in the Sunshine priority precinct.

The project will be delivered in partnership with Melbourne Water, City West Water, Brimbank City Council and neighbouring schools.

Today’s announcement also includes $500,000 for the construction of a stormwater harvesting and reuse irrigation system for the area to be transformed through Upper Stony Creek Transformation Project.

The system will support the provision of high-quality public open space for the Sunshine community and complements existing projects being delivered by the Victorian Government in the Waterways of the West area.

With climate change and population growth, it will be even more important to preserve and improve our green open spaces, walking tracks, parks, sporting grounds and ovals into the future.

Integrated Water Management is a key part of Water for Victoria – Victoria’s long-term plan to boost water security, protect jobs and agriculture, recognise Aboriginal water values and improve environmental health.

The plan will help Victoria address the challenges of climate change and population growth, while supporting healthy, resilient, liveable communities.

Quotes attributable to Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman

“These projects are a great opportunity to capture, treat and store stormwater – benefitting our local community.

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

Quotes attributable to Minister for Water Lisa Neville

 “By investing in water infrastructure, we are investing in a bright and healthy future for Victorian communities  with increased water security, a healthy environment and green recreational areas.”

Media Contact: Natalie Suleyman MP Office: 03 9367 9925