Work has started on the $2.05 million Dempster Park ‘Oasis’ Stormwater Harvesting Scheme in Sunshine North which will harvest, treat and reuse up to 11 million litres of stormwater each year for the sustainable irrigation of the much-loved public recreation space.

Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman said capturing more than four Olympic sized swimming pools of stormwater each year for irrigation of the Dempster Park sports fields and recreation areas, will save precious drinking water and help protect down-stream waterways.

The Dempster Park Stormwater Harvesting Scheme is being funded by the Andrews Government, Melbourne Water and City West Water – which are contributing a total of $1.55 million and Brimbank City Council $500,000.

The harvesting system will boast a 485 square meter habitat raingarden with native plants, and a 1.2 million litre underground water storage tank.

This initiative demonstrates the Victorian Government’s commitment to funding projects that seek to establish alternative water sources to keep our parks and gardens green and improve the health of our waterways support biodiversity and urban habitat creation.

The Dempster Park Stormwater Harvesting Scheme is a result of the Andrews Government’s Integrated Water Management Framework for Victoria at work, bringing together the water sector and community to better plan, manage and deliver innovative water solutions for Victoria’s towns and cities.

This new system adds to Brimbank’s growing number of stormwater harvesting sites already in place at Cairnlea, Green Gully Reserve, Keilor Recreation Reserve, Keilor Golf Course and the most recently completed Balmoral Park Oasis in Derrimut.

This asset is being designed and constructed by Brimbank City Council and will be handed to City West Water to operate once complete. The project is expected to be finished by July 2021.

Quotes attributable to Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman

“With our growing population, it’s important we look for smarter and more sustainable opportunities to water our state’s parks and gardens and sporting fields.”

“The Dempster Park project is an outstanding example of stormwater harvesting to improve the health of our waterways and maintain a great community asset where nature can thrive and families in Melbourne’s west can enjoy the outdoors.”

Quotes attributable to Brimbank Mayor, Cr Ranka Rasic

“Like never before, our local open spaces have become increasingly important to the physical and mental health of our community, especially during these challenging times.

“I’d like to thank our project partners for helping us deliver this very exciting project, and look forward to celebrating the completion with you later this year.”