Saturday, April 13, 2024

Goulburn irrigation works ramp up

Construction of Goulburn’s new Reuse Irrigation Scheme is moving into a new phase, with irrigation projects beginning around the city to improve parks, gardens and sporting fields.

The $8.8 million project has been jointly funded by Goulburn Mulwaree Council ($4.4m) and the Federal Government through the Building Better Regions Fund ($4.4m).

It allows Council to supply piped recycled effluent around the City for irrigation purposes, which will save water use and achieve brilliant environmental outcomes, Council said in a statement.

Federal Member for Hume, Angus Taylor said the opportunity to reuse water to green sporting fields and parks was an exciting one for Goulburn.

“This will be a major piece of infrastructure which the Goulburn community will benefit from for years to come,” he said.

Mayor Peter Walker said: “This project has been a long term vision of Council, which was enabled through the upgrade of our Wastewater Treatment Plant. It will be an amazing piece of infrastructure for our City, which will improve our ability to keep sporting fields in use during drought.”

“The reuse scheme also means that we can save water generally, which is very important as our City’s population continues to grow and we need to service more households.”

Irrigation at Hudson Park and North Park is the focus over the coming weeks, to be followed by Carr Confoy Sporting Fields in the coming months.

Key locations to be serviced by the Goulburn water reuse scheme include Carr Confoy Sporting Fields, Cookbundoon Sporting Fields, Hudson Park, Goulburn Recreation Area, Goulburn Golf Club, Victoria Park and Eastgrove South Sporting Fields.

Council says the system will have capacity to be expanded in the future to provide treated effluent for industrial uses, creating the potential to attract high demand water industries to Goulburn, opening up a new stream of economic development.

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