The Victorian Government has released the first draft initiative of the Living Victoria program, with State Minister for Water, Peter Walsh releasing the East Werribee Precinct Structure Plan (PSP).


Mr Walsh said the East Werribee PSP was a major milestone in the State Government’s goal for Melbourne to become a world-leader in Integrated Water Cycle Management (IWCM).


“East Werribee is a golden opportunity to make this vision a reality by including an IWCM approach, with set targets, into the planning framework for this new precinct,” Mr Walsh said.


“East Werribee will aim to reduce drinking water demands by 60 per cent and wastewater discharges by 50 per cent, based on typical 2006 demands,” Mr Walsh said.


“There are also targets to reduce stormwater, nitrogen and phosphorus runoff, and keep salinity of waterways and soils to pre-urban levels.


“To meet these targets, the East Werribee precinct will develop a range of IWCM solutions that will harvest rainwater, stormwater and wastewater for non-drinking purposes. In turn, these solutions reduce demand on Melbourne’s valuable drinking water supplies.