Greening Goulburn with reuse scheme
Published on 18 December 2020
An $8.8 million visionary project which will improve parks, gardens and sporting fields in Goulburn is underway, with work to ramp up in 2021.
Mayor Bob Kirk joined Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor today for a ceremonial sod turning at Seiffert Oval, which is just one of the sites that will benefit from the Goulburn water reuse scheme. $4.4 million has been gained through the Australian Government Building Better Regions Fund, with Goulburn Mulwaree Council also contributing $4.4 million.
“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” said Mayor Bob Kirk.
“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 this project would 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,” Mr Taylor 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. The scope of the project includes construction of a city wide network of water infrastructure to connect seven designated sport and recreation facilities to a safe and sustainable recycled effluent supply, for irrigation purposes.
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.
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.