Local member for Narracan Gary Blackwood today announced a $1 million Living Victoria Fund Round Two grant to help Pakenham Racecourse develop a stormwater harvesting system so it can keep green all year round by using the right water for the job.
“The $1 million Living Victoria Fund grant, is seeing Australia’s newest racing and training complex develop an extensive wetlands system and stormwater harvesting precinct to reduce its reliance on precious drinking water supplies,” Mr Blackwood said.
“The 14 hectare wetlands precinct will incorporate more than 40 million litres of water storage, with stormwater and runoff to be harvested from the site, treated and stored on-site for re-use.
“Key benefits of this exciting whole-of-water-cycle project will include a year-round water supply to effectively drought-proof the site, provision of recycled water for irrigation purposes, flood mitigation, improved liveability and waterway health.
“In creating the wetlands, a new habitat for Growling Grass Frogs has been established and extensive landscaping will also attract other fauna and flora.
“It is estimated that the wetland complex will supply around 150 million litres of water each year to keep the racing tracks in top condition and, in doing so, improve the quality of stormwater runoff discharging from the site.
“With finite drinking water supplieswe need to become smarter about how we provide water to meet the needs of our growing population by using the right water for the job. This project will set a benchmark for all future racecourses and serve as an exemplar for other sporting grounds considering irrigating with stormwater.
“The Victorian Coalition’s innovative, lower cost water projects and policies are in stark contrast to the Labor Party’s decisions to build costly infrastructure like north-south pipeline and the desal plant.
Mr Blackwood said the project was one of 60 successful Living Victoria Fund Round Two projects that will help affirm Victoria’s reputation as a global leader in whole-of-water-cycle management of our most precious resource.
“I congratulate Pakenham Racecourse for developing an exemplar whole-of-water-cycle management project, one which will benefit generations to come,“ Mr Blackwood concluded.