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Geelong Drought-Proofed By Stormwater Project

Friday, 21st May 2010

Geelong Racing Club “should never lose another race meeting because of water restrictions” following yesterday’s opening by Victorian Racing Minister Rob Hulls of a “$380,000 stormwater harvesting project that drought-proofs the racecourse”, reported The Herald-Sun. The state government, along with the Regional Racing Infrastructure Fund, Racing Victoria & Country Racing Victoria, funded the project “after Geelong was unable to use its turf track from March through to July last year because of inadequate water”. Hulls noted: “This project represents the future for the Geelong Racing Club in that it provides independence from the community's water source & allows the club to keep its racecourse in prime condition. It can pump 110 megalitres of stormwater into useable water to irrigate the Geelong racecourse, which uses about 70 megalitres a year.”

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