Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Nulla quis nibh risus. Pellentesque euismod, nisi id porttitor facilisis, enim lectus pulvinar leo, eu placerat elit mauris vitae sem. Quisque sagittis accumsan mi, non tristique orci viverra sit amet. Maecenas ac elit vitae sem scelerisque bibendum. Donec viverra augue mi, quis dapibus libero. Aliquam sit amet pretium orci. Maecenas fermentum lacus non massa sollicitudin tincidunt.

Plan to quench Ballarat’s thirst for water-wise future

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Ballarat residents – historically among the most efficient water users in Victoria – will soon be invited to share their views on how water can best green their city for generations to come.

Visiting Ballarat today, Minister for Water Peter Walsh said a draft strategy on the city’s water future would be released in May as part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s $1 million Living Ballarat project.

“Local residents are already leading the way in water efficiency, with research showing that around 90 per cent of buildings in the Ballarat and Maryborough districts use water efficient appliances and practices to reduce water use,” Mr Walsh said.

“Ballarat is also using innovative methods to harvest and reuse water. For example, the stormwater irrigation system at Ballarat Botanical Gardens is keeping the gardens green while saving millions of litres of water that was previously being carted in by Ballarat Council.

“The Living Ballarat strategy will build on this already strong commitment to using water efficiently.

“The draft will contain a range of water supply options to meet the challenges of a growing population and variable weather, with a focus on making better use of stormwater and rainwater.

“Local residents will be invited to share their views on those options, and the best ways in which they think Ballarat can source and use water into the future.

“Unlike Labor’s approach of expensive, oversized desalination plants and pipelines, the Victorian Coalition Government is looking at innovative, cost-effective approaches that encourage the use of alternative water sources.”

Mr Walsh said the Right Water house, an interactive, hands-on pop-up model that shows how to use the right water around the garden and home, would be located in Ballarat Botanical Gardens until April 27 in the lead up to the draft strategy’s release.

“In February I launched the Right Water campaign which is encouraging Victorian households to make greater use of rainwater for non-drinking purposes,” Mr Walsh said.

“I invite the Ballarat community to visit the Right Water house to learn how to use the right water around the garden and home and make greater use of rainwater, stormwater and recycled water.”

Visit livingvictoria.vic.gov.au/ballarat to register interest in draft strategy consultations, or to learn more about Living Ballarat

 

pdfDownload PDF46.59 KB

Joomla Plugin

Media Releases

Tuesday 23 September 2014

New $5 million multi-agency emergency management hub opened in Dandenong

Fire services personnel in the Southern Metropolitan region have a new headquarters and multi-agency facility with the official opening of the $5 million CFA District 8 Headquarters and Southern Metropolitan ...

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Hopkins expansion on track as new officers graduate

Corrections Minister Edward O'Donohue officially opened two new units and an education centre at Hopkins Correctional Centre and welcomed 72 new prison officers at a graduation ceremony in Ararat today. ...

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Chinese wine buyers invited to join major inbound trade mission

Employment and Trade Minister Louise Asher today invited China's leading wine buyers to join the Victorian Coalition Government's upcoming Super Inbound Wine Mission, scheduled for May 2015.

Monday 22 September 2014

Garry Lyon supports Regional Victoria Living Expo at Royal Melbourne Show

Former AFL champion and media personality Garry Lyon has dropped in on the Regional Development Victoria stand at the Royal Melbourne Show, helping promote the Regional Victoria Living Expo.

Monday 22 September 2014

Coalition breathes new life into Places Victoria

The board of government development agency Places Victoria has been bolstered with the appointment of three independent members. 

Monday 22 September 2014

Minister promotes Victoria’s premier defence industry

Minister for Manufacturing David Hodgett today promoted the unique capabilities of Victoria's defence industry at the LAND Forces 2014 Exposition in Brisbane.

MORE MEDIA RELEASES