Victorian businesses will benefit from the creation of jobs and opportunities after a major funding boost for water infrastructure projects and environmental works across the state.

Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett today announced an additional $1 million for The Briars recycled water project, helping expanding agribusiness and creating jobs in the greater Mornington Peninsula Shire region.

$500,000 was recently provided to deliver Stage 1 of this project from the Environmental Contribution Fund, and the additional $1 million dollars from the Stimulus Package to ensure Stage 2 can also be delivered.

The Class A recycled water will be delivered from the Mount Martha Recycling Plant to The Briars and surrounding areas, and the pipeline built will have the capacity to deliver 200 ML annually once completed.

The second stage of the project will extend the delivery of Class A water from The Briars to irrigate and drought proof neighbouring green spaces – including sports ovals and recreation facilities on the beach side of the Nepean Highway, including Mace Oval, Ferrero Oval, Citation Oval and the Shire Cemetery.

The project will be delivered in partnership with Mornington Peninsula Shire, South East Water and Bunurong LCAC.

The funding is part of a $48.4 million investment in shovel-ready water projects under the Government’s new $2.7 billion Building Works program – to getting thousands of people back to work across our state as Victoria continues to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

The $48.4 million in water projects will modernise irrigation, secure water supplies through recycling and stormwater use, assist with bushfire recovery and benefit the environment.

This includes $10.7 million to also be invested in integrated water management projects helping communities secure water supplies in the face of changing climate and population growth by better using storm and recycled water.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett

“This funding will deliver real benefits for our community – not only drought proofing some public green spaces but allowing the expansion of agribusiness in the area and the creation of jobs in the community.”