A project to pipe water from the Inglewood Reservoir to the Inglewood Recreation Reserve was opened today in Inglewood by the Member for Northern Victoria Region, Candy Broad
Ms Broad said the $200,000 project was funded with a $133,333 grant to Loddon Shire Council through the Brumby Labor Government’s Small Towns Development Fund.
“The Brumby Labor Government is taking action to support regional and rural communities and deliver water solutions to drought affected communities,” Ms Broad said.
“The Inglewood Reservoir Water to Reserve project involved piping water (via a 100mm diameter pipe) from the Inglewood Reservoir to the Inglewood Recreation Reserve.
“Through the efficient use of water, this project will enable reserve users to keep their grounds in a playable condition, thereby enhancing Inglewood’s liveability.
“It will also mean the reserve users will no longer need to buy about 10 megalitres of potable water each year and lessen the burden on the urban water supply of Inglewood, which is on stage 4 water restrictions.
“It will also enhance the quality of recreation facilities, which will allow the recreation committee of management to host carnivals and attract more visitors to Inglewood,” Ms Broad said.
Ms Broad said the Inglewood Reservoir was built in the gold-rush era to service the township of Inglewood with water.
“When Inglewood was connected to town water via Coliban, the reservoir, which has a 112-megalitre capacity, was decommissioned,” Ms Broad said
“The Inglewood Recreation Reserve, which contains the local swimming pool and a playground, is used by the local community for football, cricket, tennis, netball and horse riding.”
Ms Broad said the project typified initiatives supported by the Small Towns Development Fund, which were making a big difference to towns in provincial Victoria.
“The Small Towns Development Fund is helping Victoria’s smaller towns create jobs, drive economic growth and improve community infrastructure,” Ms Broad said.
“So far, the fund has provided more than $51.9 million toward 486 announced capital works projects estimated to be worth more than $105 million right across provincial Victoria.”