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As a part of the Victorian Government’s Integrated Water Management Grants program – which will see more investments in more sustainable water sources – nine projects will receive funding, including the Monterey Recycled Water Scheme in Frankston North.

The $4.9 million in funding across the nine projects is part of the Victorian Government’s $56.6 million investment towards the Central and Gippsland Region Sustainable Water Strategy, which sets out a long-term plan to improve water security, liveability, and waterway health for the next 50 years.

The nine projects to receive funding include:

  • Monterey Recycled Water Scheme – $1,332,500
  • Muddy Gates Stormwater Harvesting Scheme – $1,400,000
  • Myuna and Betula Reserve Stormwater Harvesting Scheme – $570,000
  • Apollo Bay Golf Course Recycled Water supply – $450,000
  • Mt Baw Baw Recycled Water Project – $115,000
  • Reconfiguring the Werribee system business case project – $510,000
  • Large Scale Alternative Water Grid – South-east: Business Case development – $150,000
  • Surf Coast Hinterland Concept Design and Business Case (Stage One Large-Scale Recycled Water and Stormwater Grid) – $248,000
  • Stormwater Harvesting in Northern and Western Geelong Growth Area – Concept Design – $150,000

Victorian Minister for Water, Harriet Shing, said, “Investment in recycled water infrastructure will deliver a secure water supply for open spaces to remain green during dry spells – creating better recreational outcomes for local communities. 

“Building the new pipeline will diversify our water sources, helping to secure sustainable water supplies for our growing population.”

State Member for South Eastern Metropolitan, Michael Galea, said, “This great sustainable water project will deliver so many benefits to residents, sporting clubs and community groups in Frankston North allowing local facilities and community space to thrive all year round.”

The Monterey Recycled Water Scheme in Frankston North is due to receive $1.3 million in funding towards the new 2.3km pipeline that will deliver 73ML of water each year to three public sites, including football, cricket and soccer grounds and The National Golf Club – Long Island.

The pipeline has the potential to be extended in future to support local schools and additional community spaces and sporting facilities.

State Member for Frankston, Paul Edbrooke, is grateful for the funding, as “Frankston is a growing suburb”. 

“This project will ensure we can keep our beautiful parks and sports grounds thriving all year round while saving our precious drinking water,” Mr Edbrooke said.

The Monterey Recycled Water Scheme will cost a total of $4 million, part funded by South East Water, Frankston City Council and The National Golf Club – Long Island and is expected to be complete in 2024.

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