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4,000 megalitre boost to Bendigo's water supply.



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Senator Penny Wong Minister for Climate Change and Water Steve Gibbons MP Federal Member for Bendigo

PW 229/08 31 October 2008

4,000 MEGALITRE BOOST TO BENDIGO’S WATER SUPPLY

The completion of the $47 million Epsom-Spring Gully Water Recycling Project will help ensure the future water security of Bendigo in the face of climate change, Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong, said today.

The completed project was launched today by the Federal Member for Bendigo, Steve Gibbons, and Victorian Water Minister Tim Holding.

The Federal Government contributed $6.3 million to the project, which is estimated to provide some 4,000 megalitres of water a year.

“The impact of climate change and drought means that we have to find ways to use the water we have more wisely,” Senator Wong said.

“Recycling water is one of the most effective ways to secure more water without relying on rainfall.

“The Commonwealth contribution to this project comes from the Water Smart Australia program in Water for the Future.

“Water for the Future is the Rudd Government’s $12.9 billion long-term water plan that makes priorities of tackling climate change, using water wisely, securing our water supplies and supporting healthy rivers.”

Senator Wong congratulated Coliban Water for overseeing the project.

“This a great example of a local community responding to a significant urban water challenge,” Senator Wong said.

Mr Gibbons said the project will provide extra water for rural irrigation and for watering a number of urban venues, such as sporting venues and parks.

“Rosalind Park, the Queen Elizabeth Oval, Bendigo Tennis Courts and the Tom Flood Sports Centre, the White Hills Botanical Gardens, the Bendigo Golf Club, the Bendigo Jockey Club and the Bendigo Harness Racing Club will all benefit from this recycled water,” Mr Gibbons said .

“This means that these public places can be restored and regularly watered without being a drain on the region’s precious drinking water reserves.

“The environmental health of Victoria’s northern waterways will also benefit, since the new Recycled Water Factory will soon recover, recycle and reuse 100 per cent of Bendigo’s wastewater.

“So for the first time in nearly 160 years, Bendigo will no longer discharge any potentially harmful wastewater back into the local Bendigo Creek. This is an extraordinary achievement for one of Australia’s largest inland cities.”