Melbourne Cricket Ground - Yarra Park nominated for Banksia Award
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Yarra Park nominated for Banksia Award

Aug 22, 2013

Two green boxes mark the entrances to the underground water recycling facility in Yarra Park.The MCG's stadium manager, Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC), has been named as a finalist in this year’s Banksia Sustainability Awards, widely recognised as Australia’s most prestigious environmental awards.

In the Water – Our Most Precious Resource Award category, the MCC and contractor Tenix is a joint finalist for the development of an underground water recycling facility in Yarra Park.

The $24 million project, funded by the MCC ($18 million) and the Victorian Government ($6 million), treats sewage from the local sewerage network to Class A recycled water standards.

More than 180 million litres of recycled water will be produced each year, reducing the MCC’s use of potable water by approximately 50 per cent.

The water will then be re-used primarily as irrigation in Yarra Park, as well as for cleaning and toilet flushing at the MCG. 

The MCC and Tenix will be competing against the following entities when winners are announced on October 9 at the Banksia Environmental Awards in Melbourne:

• Mallee Catchment Management Authority, Victoria
• Georges River Combined Councils Committee, NSW
• Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Vic
• Western Australian Department of Water, WA.

The Banksia Sustainability Awards acknowledge excellence, dedication and leadership in various areas that contribute to the environment and a sustainable future, and attract hundreds of entries each year.

This is yet another acknowledgement of the quality of the water recycling facility and the contribution it has and will make to the community for years to come.

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