Goulburn Mulwaree Council Mayor Bob Kirk and Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor turned the first sod for the Goulburn Water Reuse Scheme at Seiffert Oval, in Goulburn, one of seven designated sport and recreation facilities which will be connected to recycled effluent supply for irrigation purposes.
The $8.8 million project will ramp up in 2021, to improve parks, gardens and sporting fields in Goulburn.
With funding of $4.4 million from the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, and $4.4 million from Goulburn Mulwaree Council, Mayor Kirk said sporting venues will be greatly improved by the scheme.
“The Goulburn Water Reuse Scheme will change the face of our city, allowing us to greatly improve our playing surfaces for sports, and our parks and gardens for the wider community,” he said.
“We live in a drought-affected country and must always look for solutions to water scarcity, such as this project which will allow us to distribute high-quality treated effluent around the city.”
Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor said the project will be a game-changer for Goulburn’s sporting fields and parks.
“This is a fantastic project for Goulburn, especially after the period of drought we’ve just seen,” he said.
“It will also bring more jobs during construction, driving those local jobs at a time when we need them most.”
Work on the project has begun, with completion of the detailed design expected in March 2021. Work will include the construction of a citywide network of water infrastructure to connect seven designated sport and recreation facilities to a safe and sustainable recycled effluent supply for irrigation purposes.
The scheme will irrigate the Carr Confoy Sporting Fields, Cookbundoon Sporting Fields, Hudson Park, Goulburn Recreation Area, Goulburn Golf Club, Victoria Park and Eastgrove South Sporting Fields.
The system has the capacity for future expansion for industrial use, creating the potential to attract high demand water industries to Goulburn, opening up a new stream of economic development.