Last week, the Parliamentary Secretary for Water Ms Harriet Shing, the Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly MP, Wyndham City Mayor Peter Maynard, Councillor Susan McIntyre, Councillor Jasmine Hill, Councillor Robert Szatkowski, Director of City Operations Stephen Thorpe visited the site to celebrate progress on the irrigation system. Hannah Pexton, Land and Collaborative Planning Manager for Melbourne Water and Sean Hanrahan, Manager of Service Planning for Greater Western Waters attended to represent these key partner organisations for Greening the Pipeline.
Water from the 22-megalitre stormwater harvesting system will be treated in a reed bed before filtering through to storage tanks within the MOS. The treated stormwater will be reused to irrigate new open green spaces and to support urban cooling. The system is the centrepiece of the Greening the Pipeline project to transform the decommissioned heritage-listed sewer pipeline along the Federation Trail into 27-kilometres of parkland. The vision of this project is to connect communities and create vibrant open spaces from Werribee to the city.
This pivotal section of the project is progressing thanks to $9 million from the Victorian Government, $1 million from Greater Western Water’s Stormwater Harvesting Partnership Fund, and $300,000 from Melbourne Water’s Living Rivers Program, and funding from Wyndham City Council.
Wyndham City Mayor Peter Maynard said: “This project will transform the lives of residents in Wyndham City and the growing West for decades to come. We are honouring our heritage while repurposing old infrastructure to create more green spaces, play spaces, cycling and walking trails.”
“It’s an ambitious project, and Wyndham City is proud to be part of this group building a better future for the west.”
Climate Futures and Environment portfolio holder, Councillor Robert Szatkowski said: “This stormwater harvesting system is an excellent example of how we are working to manage our environment sustainably as we create more green spaces and parkland for our community.”
Landscaping works for the Zone 5 section, from Truganina to Laverton, will commence from April, with sections of parkland to be completed from June 2022. A landscaped area and community garden at Arndell Park in Truganina is expected to be completed mid-2022, and a sports field at Arndell Park will be irrigated using collected stormwater.
Greening the Pipeline is a collaborative alliance between Wyndham City Council, Melbourne Water, Greater Western Water, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, the Department of Transport and Traditional Owners, supported by Greening the West.
Wyndham City Council is working with the Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation to ensure Traditional Owner interests and values are embedded into park design and creation.
For more information about the Greening the Pipeline project: https://greeningthepipeline.com.au/