Alan Carpenter

Alan Carpenter

Premier; Minister for Federal-State Relations; Trade; Innovation; Science; Public Sector Management

    Golf course goes green with new water system

    11/04/2008 12:00 AM
     

    The Katanning Country Club can now make the most of one of our most precious and scarce resources, thanks to a new greywater reticulation system unveiled today by Premier Alan Carpenter.

     

    The new $5million system will allow the club to use excess greywater to irrigate its 18-hole golf course.

     

    Mr Carpenter said that in a regional environment where water was both a precious and scarce commodity, maintaining sporting facilities was a challenge, especially high water users such as golf courses.

     

    “Like most community-based projects in regional Western Australia involving sport, it is the local people who deserve most of the credit for what we see here today,” the Premier said.

     

    “The dozens of volunteers who have provided their time, expertise and machinery to build this reticulation system have enabled the project to remain financially viable.

     

    “The use of greywater to reticulate gardens and sporting facilities is a logical step but it’s also a complex and expensive solution, particularly in the planning and construction phase, which involves building huge dams such as the 200,000 cubic metre dam that services this course.”

     

    The project was carried out with significant contributions from the Water Corporation ($200,000) and the Department of Sport and Recreation, which joined with the Shire of Katanning to provide a $191,566 grant through its Community Sport and Recreation Facility Fund (CSRFF).

     

    Additional funding of $100,000 was provided through the Department of Transport and Regional Services’ Regional Partnerships grant program and $50,000 from the Federal Government’s Community Water Grants program.

     

    The Premier said the Katanning Country Club was an example of the Katanning region’s reputation for providing good sporting facilities and encouraging people in the community to play sport.

     

    “It’s been a great outcome and with this sustainable and environmentally-friendly re-use of water, the golf course will provide even more pleasure for future generations,” he said.

     

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