NEW RECYCLED WATER INFRASTRUCTURE FOR BAIRNSDALE

The Victorian Government is investing in local water projects to make Eastern Victoria more liveable,
our waterways healthier and help our local parks and gardens use more recycled water and
stormwater.

Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett today announced over $600,000 to deliver recycled water to Bairnsdale Oval and the East Gippsland Livestock Exchange.

The project, to be delivered East Gippsland and East Gippsland Shire Council, will save 12 megalitres per year of drinking water currently used to supplement rainwater collected for irrigation and washdown.

The project also provides an opportunity to irrigate nearby Peppercorn Oval, potentially supplying up to 19 megalitres per year of recycled water in dry conditions.

Recycled water projects provide sustainable, climate-resilient water supplies to keep our open green spaces and sports fields green and vibrant.

The Victorian Government has invested in $23.4 million towards 108 integrated water management projects since 2018, helping communities across Victoria in the face of changing climate by securing water supplies through recycling and stormwater use, and improving the health and quality of our urban waterways.

Integrated Water Management forums have been established across Victoria bringing together local governments, water agencies, Traditional Owners and local communities to deliver innovative water projects that help to combat the impacts of climate change and ease the burden on our drinking water
supplies.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett

“This recycled water infrastructure is a great investment in better water infrastructure for our local
community – helping to build Bairnsdale’s resilience in a changing climate.”

“Improving our local facilities is vital for our growing community, ensuring we have the right facilities for our community to enjoy.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Water Lisa Neville

“We are investing in a bright and healthy future for all Victorians with increased water security and a
healthy environment.”

“Investing in the use of alternative water, including stormwater and recycled water is essential to the
liveability of our communities and the health of the environment.”