As part of its feature on Council’s Budget, the Maroondah Leader has also extensively reported on the $1 million sustainability fund which was passed as part of the Council’s Budget.
Cr Alex Makin said council infrastructure had been hit hard by the drought, but this raft of sustainability projects, approved in the 2007/08 Budget last week, would address many long-term problems.
Money from this fund will be used to reduce Council’s water usage, monitor water and energy usage and to provide financial assistance to clubs in providing alternative sources of water. This includes the installation of water tanks at Karralyka, Council’s depot and the civic centre and grants for tennis, bowls and other sporting clubs.
“We’re not saying that this one cash injection will fix everything, but it’s a big step,” Cr Makin said. “It’s going to save money in the long run because the money saved from water bills will go back into sustainability projects in next year’s budget.”
All savings that are achieved through the reduction in water usage will be monitored and reinvested within the sustainability fund. This means that Council will have resources available to address further sustainability challenges, such as energy usage within future budgets.
In addition there are a number of other proposals, which will be undertaken subject to approval from the Water Authorities and grants from State and Federal Governments. This includes the potential to harness water at the Croydon Town Park wetlands.