Melbourne Cricket Ground - Yarra Park water project plans revealed
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Yarra Park water project plans revealed

Oct 21, 2010

The view from Yarra Park towards Gate 2 at the MCG.The long-term environmental future of Melbourne’s iconic Yarra Park – the gateway to the MCG - has received a boost, with proposed plans for a multi-million dollar water recycling facility revealed for the first time today.

Premier John Brumby joined MCG Trustee Pat McNamara, Melbourne Cricket Club CEO Stephen Gough and City West Water Managing Director Anne Barker to unveil artistic impressions of the facility, which will significantly enhance the health of trees, soil and grass in Yarra Park.

“Yarra Park is an icon of Melbourne and this important water recycling facility goes a long way to ensure its long term future in the face of drought for generations to come,” Mr Brumby said.

“The works will ensure it remains a valuable community asset and continues to support major sporting events like the AFL Grand Final, Boxing Day Test and the Australian Open.

"This is a major project initiative designed to support Yarra Park, especially the trees, and to ensure that the community continues to enjoy access to this space under far better conditions than during the recent drought years.”

The $22 million project, comprising $16m from the MCC and $6m from the Victorian Government, will include the installation of an underground water recycling facility, which will distribute non-potable water to drought-proof the trees  and reduce  the MCG's potable water use by almost 50%.

The water recycling facility will have the capacity to produce up to 180 megalitres of water per year, of which Yarra Park will require approximately 110 megalitres.  The MCG will utilise approximately 50 megalitres and a further 10-12 megalitres will go to Richmond Football Club Oval.

Plans for the park also incorporate re-establishment of avenues of trees and the introduction of tree protection measures, selected tree planting and additional mulching, new garden beds, lawn upgrades, playground improvements and pedestrian paths.

“This project is an important environmental initiative for the MCC as we seek to reduce our reliance on potable water,” said MCC President David Meiklejohn.

“It is also a significant financial contribution from a private club towards improving the long-term health of public parkland at the MCG’s doorstep.”

MCG Trust chairman John Wylie declared the proposed works an excellent outcome for all users of Yarra Park.

“Yarra Park has always been an integral part of Melbourne’s wonderful parks and gardens landscape which defines the city,” Mr Wylie said.

“It holds a natural and special significance, in particular for community users. It also plays an important supporting role for the MCG and surrounding sports and entertainment precinct, as well as providing an attractive and peaceful setting for the stadium itself.”

City West Water Managing Director, Anne Barker, said the Yarra Park water recycling project is an example of the capabilities of water recycling as just one solution to our future water needs.

“With efficiency being the key driver of water use in the future, this project demonstrates the benefits of recycled water to maintain an essential community asset, and importantly, help to conserve our precious drinking water for the future and reduce the amount of treated effluent being discharged into Port Phillip Bay,” Ms Barker said.

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