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About the Project
The Greening Euroa Project is an innovative community driven project that will use recycled water to irrigate public green spaces during the summer months.
The proposal is the first of its kind in Victoria. It’s climate smart, cost efficient and community inspired.
For the Euroa township, the Greening Euroa Project will keep our school ovals, sporting fields and parks and gardens green in the dry summer months.
It will use recycled water to irrigate our public green spaces. Something we know is essential to our community’s health and wellbeing during times of drought.
The Greening Euroa committee has spent the past three years developing the Greening Euroa plan that will tap into the excess water from the Euroa Wastewater Treatment Plan.
With the support of Goulburn Valley Water, this wastewater will them be safely upgraded from Class C to Class B, before being piped underground to storage tanks throughout the township.
The Greening Euroa Project is a win for everyone – community, children and the environment.
What we need
To make this project a reality we need $3.8 million in funding from State and Federal Government grants in water infrastructure and innovation sectors, or the equivalent in a co-contribution agreement.
How you can help
You can help us send a message to potential funders that this project is a no brainer!
Below are social media posts to share and a template letter of support to send.
The Greening Euroa project is a joint initiative between Strathbogie Shire Council, Goulburn Valley Water (GVW), Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GBCMA) and local schools and community groups.
The project is being overseen by the Greening Euroa committee with the aim to establish a pipeline from the Wastewater Management Facility on the Euroa Tip Road.
The pipeline will provide treated, recycled water to Euroa’s biggest water users in town. There are several user groups already involved, including the Bowling and Croquet Clubs, tennis courts, Friendlies Oval and Memorial Oval.
GVW has already installed a standpipe near the Euroa Golf Course and has carried out improvements at the Euroa Wastewater Management Facility, upgrading the treatment level from Class C to Class B (this means the treated water can be used for irrigation purposes).
Council already utilises the water from the standpipe for important works such as grading our roads – one of the few Victorian Councils to do so.
The committee’s design brief provides sufficient pipeline capacity to expand the system as demand increases. As Euroa grows, and as more properties are connected to the sewerage system, the amount of reclaimed water will expand.
The project was established as a forward-thinking initiative to assist with drought-proofing the region’s water supply and reducing dependence on the drinking water supply.
As climate change and population growth puts more pressure on the region’s water resources it is more important than ever before to make the most of every drop.
Greening Euroa has been supported by the Victorian Government through Integrated Water Management Program funding.
The whole project comprises of three stages:
- Stage 1 – Euroa facility audits, risk analysis and infrastructure design (completed)
- Stage 2 – Treatment Plant and Route Capital Infrastructure Design and Quantity Surveyor Analysis
- Stage 3 – Project implementation of Construction
This project is currently in Stage 2 – detailed design. This stage is being completed with funding from Council, GV Water and DEWLP. The Stage 1 report is available here
Helen Haines endorsement:
In 2021, Federal Member for Indi Helen Haines met with the Greening Euroa committee and said she was committed to assisting Council to look for possible funding sources at a Federal level.
“It is so positive to see the town of Euroa looking to embrace innovative uses of water for the community.”
“Euroa is providing great leadership to other towns in thinking creatively about the best use of our most precious resource – water.”
“There is no doubt that as our climate warms our need for conserving our water and using it wisely grows. This project could be a game changer for Euroa.”
– Helen Haines, Federal Member for Indi