Feb 5, 2010

$529,500 stormwater harvesting project officially launched

$529,500 stormwater harvesting project officially launched

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

February 5 2010

Local sports teams in Bayswater and the surrounding suburbs in Melbourne’s east will be able to access the Bayswater Oval for years to come with the new drought resistant stormwater harvesting project now complete.

David Feeney, Senator for Victoria, officially launched the Bayswater Oval Stormwater Harvesting Project in the east Melbourne today with Shaun Leane, Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Knox City Council members, Siemens Ltd representatives and members of the local community.

Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, Anthony Albanese, said that Knox City Council received $150,000 for the over $529,500 project from the Rudd Labor Government’s $1 billion Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program.

“The Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program is a key part of our Nation Building – Economic Stimulus Plan and is delivering local jobs in communities across Australia by building infrastructure for the long term”, Mr Albanese said.

“Importantly, this project provided jobs for up to 30 workers during construction.”

The project involved the following components:

  • the installation of a stormwater capture system on a neighbouring property;
  • one kilometre of pipes to transport the water to the Oval; and
  • a 1.5 million litre water tank at the oval to store and irrigate the stormwater.

“The project will allow for Bayswater Oval to be watered during times of drought without affecting on the mains water supply,” Senator Feeney said.

“The oval is home to first division cricket and football and regularly hosts finals, attracting up to 10,000 spectators from the eastern regions of Melbourne.”

The Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program’s remaining $220 million will be made available to councils in coming months, with Knox City Council set to receive at least $423,000.

“This additional funding will support even more local jobs and rebuild even more of the nation’s vital community infrastructure”, Mr Albanese said.

Senator Feeney congratulated Knox City Council, Siemens Australia, the Victorian Government Drought Relief Fund, South East Water Limited, and the many in-kind contributions for implementing the water saving facility, helping to build a stronger region for the future.