Shining a spotlight on stormwater

Laid end-on-end, the City’s network of pipes, open drains, flood levees, wetlands and other assets would stretch from Geelong to Alice Springs.

Improvements to our stormwater systems will enhance green public spaces, conserve precious drinking water and promote sustainable growth.

The draft Stormwater Services Strategy 2020-30, which is currently open for review, also outlines a 10-year approach to reduce dangerous flooding and stormwater pollution.

The strategy highlights the importance of the City’s network, which is valued at more than $600 million.

Better use of this resource could direct more stormwater to parks, streets and gardens while preserving drinking water supplies.

These upgrades would also protect bays and waterways, including those with international significance.

Feedback from residents will help us plan for future growth and weather events, with community values in mind.

The City invites residents to attend information posts at the following locations:

  • Geelong Library & Heritage Centre – Tuesday 18 February from 10am-7pm
  • Belmont Library – Friday 21 February from 2-7pm
  • Leopold Community Hub – Monday 24 February from 2-7pm
  • Centenary Hall, Norlane – Tuesday 25 February from 2-7pm

Residents can also review the draft Stormwater Services Strategy 2020-30 and provide feedback online until Friday 20 March at geelongaustralia.com.au/yoursay.

Quotes attributed to Greater Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher:

The City’s stormwater service is a valuable asset that needs to evolve as the community grows.

I would encourage residents to take an interest in our network and provide feedback.

While some of the system is hidden underground and out of sight, it plays a main role in the health, liveability and sustainability of the region.

Parks, streetscapes and wetlands will also benefit from better use of this system.

Quotes attributed to Cr Anthony Aitken, Chair, Parks, Gardens and City Services portfolio:

Climate change means that Council has to think differently about its stormwater network.

I really encourage community members to have their say on this draft strategy, which aims to optimise the stormwater network and reduce flooding, amid pressure from population growth and extreme weather events.

Diverting stormwater to our parks and gardens is a sustainable and ‘clever and creative’ solution to save drinking water and is the type of thinking and action I’m sure residents would support from Council.

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