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Drought-Proofing Our Local Sporting Clubs

The Victorian state government has invested $2.3 million into ensuring regional sport and recreational facilities have reliable access to water, even in the event of a drought.

25 projects will be receiving a share in the funding to support projects such as harvesting rain or stormwater, using recycled water for irrigating sports fields, planting drought resistant turf and investing in water efficient assets such as synthetic surfaces.

Flow regions Yarriambiack Shire Council and Buloke Shire Council will be receiving funding as part of the investment, including:

  • Anzac Park Additional Non-potable Irrigation Water Supply – Yarriambiack Shire Council – $59,000
  • Berriwillock Bowls Green Redevelopment – Buloke Shire Council -$150,000
  • Rupanyup Bowling Club Synthetic Green Installation – Yarriambiack Shire Council – $140,000
  • Watchem Recreation Reserve reuse pipeline – Buloke Shire Council – $70,000
  • Sea Lake Recreation Reserve & Tyrrell College Drought Proofing Project – Buloke Shire Council – $150,000

This summer is expected to be hotter and drier than usual – with the state likely to see above average temperatures and below average rainfall.

Minister for Water Lisa Neville spoke about the importance of the projects, saying “I’ve seen first-hand the impacts of drought in this region – which is why I’m proud that we’re working side-by-side with communities to ensure they get the support they need.”

The grants form part of the Labor Government’s $10 million Drought Support Fund announced in April 2016.

For a full list of funded projects see www.delwp.vic.gov.au/sustainable-water-fund-community-sport-and-recreation-program

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