Whole Of Water Cycle Systems To Be Supported By Victoria Government

Whole Of Water Cycle Systems To Be Supported By Victoria Government

Victoria Minister for Water Peter Walsh

Coalition Supports 60 New Right Water Projects

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  • $15 Million in Living Victoria Fund grants to support more than 60 new projects
  • Projects encourage greater use of alternative water sources across the state

The Victorian Coalition Government is supporting more than 60 new right water projects around the state through $15 Million of grants under round two of the Living Victoria Fund.

Minister for Water Peter Walsh made the announcement today at Melbourne’s Federation Square, where the Victorian Government’s interactive and educational pop-up Right Water House is on show as part of National Water Week.



“National Water Week’s theme is ‘Water Sources – there are more than you think!’ and it fits perfectly with the Victorian Government’s urban water reform agenda.” Mr. Walsh said.

“Under the Coalition Government’s leadership, Victorian cities and towns are adopting whole-of-water-cycle management practices and making better use of all local water sources.”

“By making greater use of alternate water sources like rainwater, stormwater and recycled water, we take pressure of our precious drinking water supplies and also achieve environmental benefits like reducing the amount of polluted runoff that ends up in local waterways.” Mr. Walsh said.

“The Coalition’s urban water reform policy is focused on making smarter decisions that deliver better services at lower costs, and avoid more expensive infrastructure projects like the north south pipeline and desalination plant. It is about using the right water for the job, around the home and around our urban communities.”

Projects that will receive round two Living Victoria Fund grants include:

  • $553,400 for the City of Monash’s Jack Edwards Reserve rejuvenation project, where a new storage and irrigation system will capture stormwater and roof water from neighbouring properties to water the reserve and establish new tree canopies;
  • $200,000 for the Melbourne’s water: Proactive from Brunswick project that is installing rainwater tanks and intelligent digital meters and establishing low water use gardens as part of a whole-of-water-cycle system for the co-located Brunswick North West Primary School and Montessori Children’s House;
  • $17,510 for Dingley Village Men’s Shed Rooftop Rescue project that will save 200KL of drinking water per year by harvesting rainwater for wetland rejuvenation, irrigation and firefighting;
  • $200,000 for the Victorian Association of Environmental Education to establish a whole-of-water-cycle project for Deer Park North Primary School that will reduce stormwater runoff, ease pressure on local drainage and increase the campus’ green space, and create a School as a Catchment resource kit other schools can use as model;
  • $966,985 for City of Bendigo to harvest and treat stormwater at the redeveloped Bendigo Airport that will be used to flush toilets and irrigate gardens;
  • $503,900 to connect Central Highlands Agribusiness Forum and Ballarat Grammar’s 50ha agricultural research and education precinct to recycled water supplies.

Mr. Walsh encouraged people to visit Federation Square in National Water Week to learn more about how to use the right water for the job around their homes and communities.

“Federation Square is known as one of Melbourne’s iconic landmarks but it is also home to a smart water system that harvests rainwater from its roofs to flush toilets and keep nearby gardens green. Since 2008, the system has saved about 89 Million litres of drinking water.” Mr. Walsh said.

Other Melbourne icons using innovative, whole-of-water-cycle systems to make greater use of alternate water include:

  • Yarra Trams,
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground,
  • Melbourne Zoo,
  • Royal Botanic Gardens,
  • Flemington Racecourse.