City West Water wins top sustainability gong

City West Water has taken out top category honours at the Premier’s Sustainability Awards for working with community to develop innovative Stormwater Harvesting initiatives that increase green spaces across Melbourne’s west and lessen the demand on the city’s drinking water. 

Announced this week at the Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2020 virtual ceremony, City West Water was the Government category winner for its Stormwater Harvesting Partnering Fund initiative. 

The fund enables City West Water to work with a range of stakeholders to co-invest in developing sustainable stormwater harvesting projects to irrigate public open spaces for the community. 

Since launching the fund in 2018, City West Water has partnered with Melbourne Water, local councils, sporting organisations and the Greening the West program on six projects: Melbourne and Olympic Park Precinct, Melbourne Ballpark in Altona, Woodlands Park in Essendon, Balmoral Park in Derrimut, Edinburgh Gardens in Fitzroy and Arndell Park in Wyndham.   

City West Water’s Managing Director, Maree Lang said collaborating with like-minded and passionate organisations and councils on these initiatives helped to provide thriving green open spaces for the entire community to enjoy. 

“We are very proud to be the recipient of this award. This win would not be possible without the incredible partners who allow these projects to come to life. It’s not only a win for us but also these great partnerships,” she said.  

“Greener spaces deliver so much more than aesthetics within the community with proven benefits in supporting health and liveability. While we’ve always known, this year has elevated the importance of having green spaces available and accessible to every person.” 

“These stormwater projects will reduce the need to use drinking water by supplying more than 100 million litres of stormwater per year to irrigate public parks, gardens and sporting reserves, while delivering greener parks and flourishing spaces across the west.” 

Sustainability Victoria CEO Claire Ferres Miles commended City West Water on taking out the title. 

“The calibre, diversity and volume of submissions this year demonstrate that Victorians are actively working individually and collectively to achieve a more sustainable Victoria,” Ms Ferres Miles said. 

Now in their 18th year, the Premier’s Sustainability Awards are Victoria’s most highly recognised annual sustainability awards program. To view the ceremony, and the profiles of all finalists and winners, visit the Premier's Sustainability Awards website. 

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