Budget underpins ongoing sustainability

Published on Tuesday, 23 June 2020 at 3:42:11 PM

FOGO Trial Geraldton

Picture Caption: City rolls out FOGO program to additional households in the 2020/21 Financial Year.

Projects to harvest storm water, utilise clean energy, reduce waste and adapt to climate change will be rolled out in the 2020/21 Financial Year.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the investment in the ongoing sustainability programs is leading to reduced costs.

“The current FOGO Trial, which is seeing the food organic garden organic waste from 500+ homes being separately collected and turned into compost, is going so well that the decision was made to expand the trial rollout to an additional households,” he said.

“As FOGO waste makes up nearly 40% of the waste in our rubbish bin, we not only reduce waste to landfill, but we are producing a product that we can use in our own parks and gardens.”

The ongoing use of renewable energy to power City owned buildings will also continue with the installation of solar panels at the Geraldton Airport.

“We are already seeing very good returns on its solar panel investments on the roofs of six City facilities so it makes good financial sense to keep reducing our energy costs where we can,” Mayor Van Styn added.

The design and construction of an irrigation system that utilises harvested storm water to irrigate the Eadon Clark Sporting Complex is also in the 2020/21 Budget. This project will help reduce the costs of maintaining the 11 major sporting precincts across the City region.

Further coastal adaptation measures are also proposed, including a third geotextile sand container groyne at Whitehill Road in Drummond Cove, subject to grant funding approval, and coastal resilience works for Bluff Point.

For more information or to view the City’s 2020/21 Budget, head to www.cgg.wa.gov.au

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