Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne is now using treated recycled water from the Carrum Downs Eastern Treatment Plant to irrigate the Australian Garden. The Cranbourne Friends congratulate the Gardens on achieving this goal, which means the Gardens are now free from reliance on Melbourne’s regular ‘potable’ water supply for irrigation. A step forward in sustainability, the project includes installation of solar panels on the main office.
Other organisations using recycled water for irrigation include the nearby racecourse and local vegetable growers.
The water treatment plant was officially opened on 18 February by the Hon Harriet Shing MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Water, accompanied by Cranbourne member the Hon Pauline Richards MP.
Above: Official opening of the water treatment plant – Chris Russell, Executive Director Cranbourne Gardens and Chris Trotman, chairperson with Hon Harriet Shing MP and Hon Pauline Richards MP and Tim Entwisle, Director and Chief Executive.
Photo: Mathew Lynn