In efforts to boost sustainable water sources, the Victorian Government will invest $4.9 million across nine projects under the Integrated Water Management Grants program, including a new $1.3 million pipeline in Frankston North.

The State Government is investing in more sustainable water sources like recycled water to ensure Victoria’s parks and sporting facilities can stay green while saving drinking water supply.

The Monterey Recycled Water Scheme in Frankston North will deliver high-quality recycled water to green spaces including sports grounds, open space and a world-class golf course.

The new 2.3km pipeline will deliver 73ML – equivalent to 29 Olympic swimming pools – of water each year to three public sites, including football, cricket and soccer grounds and The National Golf Club – Long Island.

The pipeline has the potential to be extended in future to support local schools and additional community spaces and sporting facilities.

The Monterey Recycled Water Scheme will cost a total of $4 million, part funded by South East Water, Frankston City Council and The National Golf Club – Long Island and is expected to be complete in 2024.

Victorian Minister for Water, Harriet Shing, said, “Investment in recycled water infrastructure will deliver a secure water supply for open spaces to remain green during dry spells – creating better recreational outcomes for local communities.

“Building the new pipeline will diversify our water sources, helping to secure sustainable water supplies for our growing population.”

Other projects funded include:

  • $1.4 million for the Muddy Gates Stormwater Harvesting project which will supply treated stormwater to a greenfield development site near Clyde
  • $450,000 to help construct a pipeline to supply Class B recycled water to irrigate the Apollo Bay Golf Course
  • $510,000 for a feasibility study for the reconfiguring of the Werribee and Bacchus Marsh irrigation system

The funding is part of the Victorian Government’s $56.6 million investment towards the Central and Gippsland Region Sustainable Water Strategy, which sets out its long-term plan to improve water security, liveability, and waterway health for the next 50 years.

Projects funded:

  • Monterey Recycled Water Scheme – $1,332,500
  • Muddy Gates Stormwater Harvesting Scheme – $1,400,000
  • Myuna and Betula Reserve Stormwater Harvesting Scheme – $570,000
  • Apollo Bay Golf Course Recycled Water supply – $450,000
  • Mt Baw Baw Recycled Water Project – $115,000
  • Reconfiguring the Werribee system business case project – $510,000
  • Large Scale Alternative Water Grid – South-east: Business Case development – $150,000
  • Surf Coast Hinterland Concept Design and Business Case (Stage 1 Large-Scale Recycled Water and Stormwater Grid) – $248,000
  • Stormwater Harvesting in Northern and Western Geelong Growth Area – Concept Design – $150,000
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