Funding Announced To Drought-Proof Victoria Sporting Facilities

Funding Announced To Drought-Proof Victoria Sporting Facilities

Victoria Minister for Water Lisa Neville

$2.3 Million To Drought-Proof Sport Facilities

Victor P Taffa

Andrews Government is helping to drought-proof sport and recreation facilities across regional Victoria by ensuring there is reliable access to water even during drier times.

25 projects across 11 municipalities will share in $2.3 Million from the Sustainable Water Fund Community Sport and Recreation Program.

“I’ve seen first-hand the impacts of drought in this region which is why I’m proud that we’re working side-by-side with communities to ensure they get the support they need.” Minister for Water Lisa Neville said.

“Local sport grounds are critical for the wellbeing of communities, particularly in times of drought, so it’s great to be able to provide more water security to ensure they remain open even in dry periods.”

Projects funded include:

  • Providing water security by harvesting rainwater or stormwater,
  • Using recycled water for irrigating sports fields,
  • Planting drought resistant turf,
  • Investing in water efficient assets such as synthetic surfaces.

Andrews Government understands that sport and recreation facilities are important to rural cities and towns. Sporting clubs are often cornerstones of local communities and a meeting place for locals of all ages.

Victorians realise that while recent rainfall is welcome, conditions can change quickly. This summer is expected to be hotter and drier than usual with the state likely to see above average temperatures and below average rainfall.

Grants form part of the State Government’s $10 Million Drought Support Fund announced in April 2016.

Use of the fund was informed by extensive stakeholder consultation which indicated strong support for measures that focussed on community health and wellbeing and preparedness to deal with the impacts of drought.

Victoria’s new Water Plan Water for Victoria acknowledges the importance securing water for a range of purposes include community and recreational activities and being ready for extended dry periods.