Victorian communities and businesses are a step closer to receiving an additional 1.8 gigalitres of sustainable recycled water each year with the start of early works on the Dingley Recycled Water Scheme.
Member for Clarinda Meng Heang Tak today launched the works on the $72 million integrated water management project with South East Water and stage 1 works delivery partner Abergeldie, BMD & KBR (ABK).
The 42-kilometre pipeline is expected to bring recycled water to around 40 sites across Bayside, Kingston, Greater Dandenong and Monash, including local businesses, world-class golf courses, sports ovals and parks.
The first phase of works involves geotechnical investigations to complete the design and alignment of the new recycled water pipes, as well as ecological surveys and environmental site mapping.
The project is expected to generate $92 million for the local economy and support communities with over 240 jobs for international golf tourism, agriculture and nursery businesses in the region.
The Allan Labor Government has contributed $24.8 million towards the Dingley Recycled Water Scheme which is expected to start delivering recycled water by 2025.
Expanding recycled water infrastructure and providing a climate resilient source of water plays an important role in securing water supplies for the future, which is part of the Labor Government’s $56.6 million investment in the Central and Gippsland Region Sustainable Water Strategy (CGRSWS).
The CGRSWS outlines priorities for water savings and investing in more manufactured water supplies to meet our water needs, enabling river water to be returned to the environment and to Traditional Owners.
Quote attributable to Member for Clarinda Meng Heang Tak
“This great project will deliver many benefits to local sporting facilities and businesses across Melbourne’s south-east, allowing them to thrive all year around while saving our precious drinking water.”
Quote attributable to Member for Mordialloc Tim Richardson
“This new pipeline will help to secure sustainable water supplies for our growing population and open up horticulture business opportunities and tourism, boosting the local economy.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Water Harriet Shing
“This project will help secure a long-term water supply for the growing communities in Melbourne’s South East and will help keep our open spaces green.”
Quote attributable to South East Water Managing Director Lara Olsen
“By expanding our recycled water network, we’re setting ourselves up for long-term water security while also making sure Melbourne stays a great place to live, work and play.”