The Office of Living Victoria (OLV) fund is designed to support organisations and committees across Victoria plan and implement local solutions that take advantage of all available for fit-for-purpose water use. For this second round of funding, there is a strong emphasis on providing opportunities for ‘non-traditional’ participants such as community groups, schools, not for profit organisations, committees of management, developers and small businesses. The Fund prioritises the following Whole of Water Cycle Management (WWCM) projects; on-ground projects that will leave a lasting legacy; community/not-for-profit organisations seeking to facilitate and implement local whole-of-water-cycle solutions; and potential iconic, innovative and leading edge projects.
Water Technology, as a sponsoring organisation, has submitted an application for the following two projects aiming to help local community groups;
- The Vermont Primary School Green Shaping project integrates water management across the site through increased stormwater infiltration, improved stormwater quality and reduced energy/resource consumption while providing a showcase and platform for teaching and learning. The concept proposes the installation of raingardens, green roof/wall and new efficient drinking water fountains around the school.
- The Home of Vasili’s Garden and Café is an iconic institution in Coburg, where the Melburnian community regularly comes to find a variety of plants & gardening products along with home-style meals. The nursery/cafe is an ideal site to undertake a rainwater and greywater harvesting project to offset the potable water consumption associated to the plants irrigation while providing a platform for generational changes. Lessons learnt in this project will be conveyed to the community during and post construction through educational sessions and via Vasili’s television show on C31.