The Victorian Government’s Stormwater and Urban Recycling Fund is a Victorian Government initiative to help reduce drinking water use. It supports demonstration projects that use stormwater and recycled water to reduce the demand on drinking water in our cities and towns.

Round 2 seeks demonstration projects in stormwater and urban recycling that will show the way in one or more of the following areas:

  • buildings of the future
  • precincts of the future
  • community engagement- facilitating cultural and behavioural changes
  • institutional development – facilitating relationships within and between organisations to integrate programs and objectives.

The Stormwater and Urban Recycling Fund builds on the Stormwater and Urban Water Conservation Fund launched in 2004, which funded 68 projects that demonstrate innovative approaches to saving drinking water.

The Victorian Government provides government grants of up to $1 million on a 1:1 contribution for demonstration projects that provide a lead in the management of localised stormwater and urban recycling.

The government grants will help with:

  • sharing the risk of adopting a new approach
  • the extra costs of design associated with being the first project of its type
  • the extra costs of working with new regulatory processes that may not have been used previously
  • the costs of promoting the project to similar organisations.

Objectives

The government grants aims to:

  • reduce demand on drinking water for uses other than drinking
  • support the use of water that is fit-for-purpose while protecting public health and the environment
  • significantly improve the integrated management of water resources.

Round 2

Round 2 will focus on supporting projects in the following areas:

  • Buildings of the future – innovation in housing design and construction to integrate efficient water use, stormwater capture and water reuse.
  • Precincts of the future –innovation at a precinct or neighbourhood scale that restores natural hydrology to use stormwater for maintaining public open space, parks and gardens.
  • Community engagement – facilitating cultural and behavioural changes that reshape urban hydrology. For example, involving the community in establishing and managing kerbside raingardens to treat road runoff and enhance roadside environments.
  • Institutional development – facilitating relationships within and between organisations to integrate programs and objectives for better community outcomes. For example, combining flood mitigation, urban development planning, recreational and amenity planning with urban biodiversity conservation.

The current round of government grants is open to:

  • local government
  • water authorities
  • business, industry and developers
  • open space and recreational facilities management
  • community.

Registration of interest for the current round of government grants closes 5.00pm, 19 August 2010.

Assessment

Projects will be assessed against the criteria listed in the guidelines. Eligible Projects need to meet, as a minimum, the following criteria:

  • Provide significant potable water savings
  • Provide immediate and long-term environmental, economic and social improvements
  • Demonstrate a new approach with a high degree of transferability (i.e. the opportunity for the solution to be more widely applied)
  • Demonstrate cost-effectiveness.

Government grants will not be provided for projects that:

  • Are considered accepted practice in Victoria.
  • Do not demonstrate matching funding arrangements as a minimum.
  • That can not demonstrate that permit and license requirements have been met or can be met in the future.
  • Request retrospective funding.
  • Require ongoing funding from the State Government once completed.

How to apply

1. Read the Guidelines for Registration of Interest (PDF~70kb).
2. Contact Ann Allworth, 9637 8202,  with any enquiries related to your proposal.
3. Complete and save the Business Case Template (DOC~218kb). You will need to attach this later to the online Registration of Interest form.
4. Complete the online Registration of Interest form.

If you are successful, you will enter into a Funding Deed (DOC~236kb) with the DSE.

Government grant applications and will close at 5.00pm, 19 August 2010.
For assistance with developing a competitve application, please contact us to discuss further

Previously funded projects

Stormwater and Urban Recycling Fund (SURF)
Applicant nameFundProject titleProject description
Royal Botanic GardensSURFWorking Wetlands ProjectA stormwater harvesting project where stormwater is harvested from adjacent suburbs to fill the ornamental lake in the gardens. The water will be circulated through the gardens and through wetlands for biofiltration treatment. Water from the lake will be available for watering the gardens.
Southern Cross StationSURFSouthern Cross Roof Harvesting ProjectA stormwater project harvesting stormwater directly from the Bourke Street main drain
Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood DevelopmentSURFBroadmeadows School Stormwater ProjectA stormwater harvesting/ management at Broadmeadows. The project focuses on improving onsite infiltration to improve moisture content of the soil profile. The project will form a model for use on other school sites
Wannon Water CorporationSURFRoof Harvesting Project WarrnamboolStormwater harvesting directly from roofs on a new estate for piping to a reservoir that is part of the Warrnambool water supply system.
Hawthorn Football ClubSURFClimate Independence Water Harvesting Project.The harvesting of stormwater from a neighbouring Woolworth’s distribution centre for use on Waverly oval and for watering community open space.
Stormwater and Urban Conservation Fund (SW&UCF)
Applicant nameFundProject titleProject description
Bayside City CouncilSW&UCFHampton Primary School Stormwater Conservation for Environment and Education ProjectStormwater harvesting at the Hampton Park netball court for use in toilet flushing in the school.
Buloke Shire CouncilSW&UCFStormwater Re-Use for the Charlton CommunityA stormwater harvesting, treatment and storage project for open space watering.
City of BallaratSW&UCFDemonstration of system for treatment and processing of stockyard solid waste, recycling of wash-down and stormwater collection for reuseStormwater harvesting and tank storage at Ballarat saleyards, Testing of a recycling unit for use in the truck washing area.
City of Greater DandenongSW&UCFWater Saving Wachter WetlandsStormwater harvesting and wetland treatment.
Lyco Industries Pty LtdSW&UCFStormwater Use at Lyco IndustriesStormwater harvesting and tank storage for use in the factory. The storage tanks are also used as heat sinks.
Maribyrnong City CouncilSW&UCFFootscray Park – Stormwater Recycling ProjectStormwater harvesting, wetland treatment and storage for use in open space irrigation.
Mornington Peninsula ShireSW&UCFSorrento Stormwater Reuse ProjectStormwater harvesting and wetland treatment and storage for in irrigating Sorrento Golf Course.
Parks VictoriaSW&UCFCowderoy Street Drain Stormwater Capture and Re-Use ProjectStormwater harvesting from the Cowderoy Street drain with storage in Albert Park Lake for use on Albert Park sports fields.
City of StoningtonSW&UCFStormwater Re-use and Protection at the Prahran MarketStormwater harvesting, treatment and storage for use in market activities including wash down.
Stockland Development Pty LtdSW&UCFMernda Villages ASR Scheme Part 1Stormwater harvesting, wetland treatment and for injection in an aquifer storage and recovery scheme. The water will be used for watering sporting ovals and public open space that will be developed as part of the Mernda Villages project.
Wellington Shire CouncilSW&UCFSustainable Irrigation Initiative – Lake GuthridgeStormwater harvesting with storage in Lake Guthridge for watering public open space and sporting ovals.
Central Goldfields Shire CouncilSW&UCFPhillips Gardens RevitalisationStormwater harvesting, treatment and storage project for open space watering.
Manningham City CouncilSW&UCFTo capture, harvest, treat, store and reuse stormwater throughout Manningham City Council’s municipal depot complex in Blackburn Road, East Doncaster.Stormwater harvesting from the council depot roof for use in toilet flushing.
Moreland City CouncilSW&UCFGlenroy Neighbourhood Facility WSUD ProjectThe installation of Water Sensitive Urban Design at the Glenroy Neighbourhood Facility.
Northern Grampians Shire CouncilSW&UCFStorm Water: Alternative Natural Solutions (SWANS)Stormwater harvesting, wetland and dam storage for use in watering public open space and sporting ovals.
Parks VictoriaSW&UCFAlbert Park Lake Stormwater Reuse ProjectStormwater harvesting and treatment project at Albert Park lake to maintain the lake levels.
Trinity Grammar SchoolSW&UCFBulleen Sporting Fields Project.Stormwater harvesting, dam storage and treatment for use Trinity Grammar School and Marcellin College sports ovals.
West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority and St Paul’s Anglican Grammar SchoolSW&UCFWades Creek Catchment Scale Stormwater Treatment and Re-useStormwater harvesting, wetland storage and treatment for use in watering sporting ovals.
Bendigo Harness Racing ClubSW&UCFBendigo Harness Track Stormwater Harvesting ProjectStormwater harvesting and dam storage for use for track watering.
Bentleigh Secondary CollegeSW&UCFBentleigh Secondary College Wetland and Reuse SystemA school education facility including a lake for stormwater collection, treatment and storage.
Bevendale Pty Ltd (Pacific Group of Companies)SW&UCFEpping Plaza Regional Shopping Centre Rain Water Catchment ProjectStormwater harvesting and tank storage for use in a shopping centre.
City of Melbourne and Queen Victoria MarketSW&UCFQueen Victoria Market Rainwater Harvesting ProjectStormwater harvesting and underground tank storage for use in toilet flushing and wash down.
City of WhitehorseSW&UCFCity Oval Drainage Retention System (Box Hill)Stormwater harvesting and underground tank storage for use in open space watering.
City of WodongaSW&UCFWodonga’s Sustainable Sports GroundsStormwater harvesting, wetland treatment and dam storage for use in watering community sporting grounds and the Wodonga Racecourse facility.
Darebin City CouncilSW&UCFBundoora Park – On par for water savingStormwater harvesting and dam storage for use in golf course watering. The project also included the upgrade of fairways to drought resistant species.
East Grampians Health ServiceSW&UCFEGHS Rainwater Tank Farm projectInstallation of a central tank farm and treatment plant for collection of rainwater for use in general day to day water needs and for irrigation of garden areas.
Frankston City CouncilSW&UCFDepot – Sustainable Water ProjectA stormwater harvesting and tank storage project at the council depot.
Hobsons Bay City CouncilSW&UCFBuilding Less to Gain More The Altona Leisure CentreStormwater harvesting from the roof of the Altona Leisure Centre and from surrounding landscapes for storage in former 25m lap pool.
Indigo Shire CouncilSW&UCFCapturing Stormwater and Wastewater for reuse on Beechworth’s Recreational ReservesStormwater harvesting and dam storage for golf course and open space watering with excess stormwater runoff being treated in wetlands before being released to a local creek.
Manningham City CouncilSW&UCFDISC sporting complex Stormwater Reuse ProjectStormwater harvesting from a large basketball gymnasium building to irrigate adjacent oval.
Masterfoods Australia New ZealandSW&UCFWater on MarsStormwater harvesting and dam storage for use in the gardens and cooling towers.
Racing VictoriaSW&UCFCranbourne Turf Club – Irrigation Storage DamStormwater harvesting and dam storage for watering the Cranbourne racecourse.
Sandringham Yacht ClubSW&UCFSandringham Yacht Club – FMP2Stormwater harvesting and tanks storage for use in boat wash down. The development of water sensitive urban design in the car park area to protect the quality of the stormwater entering Port Phillip Bay.
St. Kilda Sports ClubSW&UCFSt Kilda Sports Club Stormwater Recycling ProjectStormwater harvesting from the St.Kilda Sports Club clubhouse roof and bitumen pathway at the club site for use in outdoors watering and toilet flushing.
Whittlesea Shire CouncilSW&UCFMernda Villages ASR Scheme Part 2Stormwater storage in aquifer storage and recovery for public open space watering.

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On site recycling projects

Stormwater and Urban Conservation Fund (SW&UCF)
Applicant nameFundProject titleProject description
Bulace Dyeing Pty LtdSW&UCFWater Recycling at Bulace DyeingAn industrial on site recycling project at a dye house.
Don Mathieson & Staff Glass Pty LtdSW&UCFDMS Glass Conservation and Recycling of Potable Water, while reducing LandfillAn industrial on site recycling project using a glass particle separator.
Central Victoria Hockey Association Inc.SW&UCFGarden Gully Water Harvesting Recycling SystemAn onsite water recycling project on a wet, synthetic hockey ground.
Warragul Linen ServiceSW&UCFLaundry Water Efficiency projectAn industrial laundry water efficiency project including conservation and recycling.
Alternative Glass SuppliesSW&UCFClosed Water System for Glass ProcessingAn industrial on site recycling project based on the centrifugal separation of solids to allow the recycling of the water.
Barrett Burston Malting Co Pty LtdSW&UCFBarley Steeping Technology UpgradeAn industrial on site recycling project including modifications to steeping vessels used in the barley malting process to save on the use of potable water.
Bendigo Health Care GroupSW&UCFRecycled Water Circulation for the Bendigo Hospital (TBH) campusA hospital water efficiency project including the treatment of waste water (using reverse osmosis), stormwater harvesting and storage for toilet flushing, irrigation of grounds and reuse of water for testing of the hospital’s fire system.
Rylock Pty LtdSW&UCFRylock Powder Coat Water Minimisation ProjectAn industrial on site recycling project using a demineralisation unit to treat rinse water.
Sugar Australia Pty LtdSW&UCFCarbon Wastewater Recovery at Sugar Australia’s Yarraville RefineryAn industrial on site recycling project including screening and filtering carbon from wastewater.
Eureka LinenSW&UCFLaundry recycling project.The upgrade of an industrial laundry to recycle water in the washing processes.

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Supply of recycled water from wastewater treatment plant or industry

Stormwater and Urban Recycling Fund (SURF)
Applicant nameFundProject titleProject description
Yarra Valley WaterSURFBrushy Creek Recycling ProjectThe upgrade of the Brushy Creek wastewater treatment plant to produce Class A recycled water to be available for various uses in the community including public open space watering.
Stormwater and Urban Conservation Fund (SW&UCF)
Applicant nameFundProject titleProject description
Frankston City CouncilSW&UCFThe Ballam ProjectThe provision of recycled water including piping from the Eastern Treatment Plant outfall pipeline for watering public open space and sporting ovals.
Hume City CouncilSW&UCFSunbury Recycled Water Project (Clarke Oval, Sunbury College & Salesian College)The provision of recycled water from Western Water’s Springvale farm treatment works for watering sports fields .
Macedon Ranges Shire CouncilSW&UCFGreening Our Futures – Woodend Racecourse ReserveThe provision of recycled water from Western Water’s treated effluent pipeline to a large multipurpose sports facility in Woodend.
Macedon Ranges Shire CouncilSW&UCFRecycled Water Supply Project – Gisborne Sportsground and Botanic GardensThe provision of recycled water from Western Water’s recycled water pipeline to the Gisborne sports oval and the Gisborne Botanic Gardens.
Mildura Rural City CouncilSW&UCFWater Reuse Project – Aerodrome Ovals Recreation ComplexThe provision of recycled water from the Lower Murray Water Treatment plant for use on sporting ovals.
South East Water LtdSW&UCFCombining Stormwater & Recycled Water Usage at Flinders Community CollegeThe development of a school education project including using stormwater and recycled water to irrigate sports ovals and gardens.
Hume City CouncilSW&UCFMitchell’s Lane – Recycled Water main Extension ProjectThe provision of recycled water from the Western Water’s Sunbury-Melton Recycled Water Scheme, including piping and tank storage for watering sporting facilities.
Northern Grampians Shire CouncilSW&UCFThe STAR project – St Arnaud Reuse ProjectThe provision of recycled water from the St Arnaud Waste Water Treatment Plant for use at St Arnaud Active Recreation and the St Arnaud Country Club using an existing pipeline.
South East WaterSW&UCFHunt Club Estate.The provision of recycled water by South East Water for the watering of parkland within the Estate.
Warrnambool Golf ClubSW&UCFRecycled Water ImplementationThe provision of recycled water from Fonterra Milk Factory to water the Warrnambool Golf Course including piping and holding pond.

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Integrated projects

Stormwater and Urban Recycling Fund (SURF)
Applicant nameFundProject titleProject description
Godfrey Hirst Australia Pty LtdSURFStormwater Harvesting and Effluent Treatment ProjectAn integrated stormwater harvesting project from local drain and onsite recycling using ultra filtration and reverse osmosis treatment.
Stormwater and Urban Conservation Fund (SW&UCF)
Applicant nameFundProject titleProject description
Freshpak VictoriaSW&UCFHothouse Development Stage 2 TaturaAn integrated water project including water recycling, stormwater harvesting and treatment of raw irrigation water for use in hydroponic tomato production.
Golden Plains ShireSW&UCFIntegration of Stormwater into Innovative Sewerage Scheme at SmythesdaleStormwater harvesting, wetland treatment and storage for use in watering public open space. The project is being implemented with the town sewerage scheme to optimise on the efficiencies of undertaking the projects concurrently.
Mansfield’s Propagation Nursery Pty LtdSW&UCFThe key to recycling in nurseries- Harvest it, Treat it, Store it, Re-use it.An integrated water project including use of recycled water, onsite recycling and stormwater harvesting treatment and storage.
Western District Health ServiceSW&UCFHamilton Base Hospital – Potable Water /Trade Waste Reduction InitiativeA hospital water efficiency project including laundry modification and installation of water tanks.
Hilton FabricsSW&UCFHilton Fabrics, Waste & Stormwater Optimisation ProjectAn integrated water project using industrial recycled water following filtration and stormwater capture and storage for use in the factory.

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Education based projects

Stormwater and Urban Conservation Fund (SW&UCF)
Applicant nameFundProject titleProject description
CERESSW&UCFCERES Urban Stormwater Reuse Demonstration ProjectStormwater harvesting from pervious pavements in the parking area.
Nillumbik Shire CouncilSW&UCFEdendale Water Wise Community Nursery and GardensThe development of a community education facility.
Rural City of WangarattaSW&UCFStormwater Reuse Innovation Capacity & Capability Building TrainingThe delivery of an education program to managers, engineers, environment officers and planners from local government, industry representatives, developers and water industry representatives for training in stormwater harvesting.
SGA Sustainable Gardening Australia Inc.SW&UCFOur Water Our Future Green Gardeners Training ProgramThe development and delivery of an education program for training professional gardeners to ensure they are confident in disseminating information to their clients and customers, regarding water wise practices.
Hume City CouncilSW&UCFDevelopment of an Industrial Stormwater Code of PracticeThe development of an industrial stormwater code of practice for small to medium businesses to outline initially, the legal obligations for local business regarding stormwater pollution.
Monash UniversitySW&UCFMonash Bio-filtration SystemStormwater harvesting and treatment using biofiltration. The project provides an ongoing research and demonstration facility for the University.
CERESSW&UCFTotal Water Cycle Management at CERES and its AssociatesA community education project including stormwater harvesting and treatment and water conservation projects.
Yarra City CouncilSW&UCFYarra Water Conservation ShowcaseThe development of a community education project including the installation of rainwater tanks, waterless urinals and a worm farm waste system for a toilet block.