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ASR Wetland Scheme

The Glenelg Golf Club ASR wetland scheme in Adelaide, South Australia, demonstrates the value of water re-use and stormwater recycling through the construction of man-made wetlands.

About the ASR Wetland Scheme

The $2.4m wetland development, completed in 2010, aims to achieve a 100% recycled water rating for the Club.  The project effectively ensures the Club’s future water supply by providing permanent solutions to combat Australia’s water shortage crisis.

The project was successfully managed by our course maintenance team and overseen by the State Government’s Natural Resource Management Board as part of the Metropolitan Adelaide Stormwater Re-use Project.  Funding was evenly split between the Federal and State Governments and the Club.

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Water is harvested from a pumping station adjacent to Brownhill Creek on the southern boundary of Adelaide Airport and moves over approximately three days, through a series of wetlands nestled strategically within the golf course layout, by which time the water has been filtered to a quality that allows it to be injected into the aquifer system beneath the course for extraction as irrigation water when required. The wetlands act as filters for urban and polluted stormwater that would otherwise run into the Gulf St Vincent.

The wetlands act as filters for urban and polluted stormwater that would otherwise run into the Gulf St Vincent.

The ASR scheme is environmentally responsible and affords the Club the luxury of sustainable irrigation water year-round. The 1.4 hectare wetlands system is home to more than 50,000 native plants. In addition, the Club has continued its revegetation program, identifying areas for extensive native plantings as well as selected Pine tree plantings.

The 1.4 hectare wetlands system is home to more than 50,000 native plants. In addition, the Club has continued its revegetation program, identifying areas for extensive native plantings as well as selected Pine tree plantings.

Total Funding

A total of $6.5 million was provided in funding across the three wetland projects – at Glenelg, Royal Adelaide and The Grange Golf Clubs – with a contribution of $2.35 million from the Australian Government, $2.35 million from the South Australian Government and $1.8 million from the golf clubs.

Project Benefits

The ASR schemes across all three golf clubs will:

  • Save 1000 megalitres of water a year by using stormwater to replace water drawn from underground water supplies beneath the city
  • Reduce the discharge of nutrients by diverting stormwater that would otherwise run into the St Vincent Gulf
  • Improve the condition of beaches around outfall areas
  • Decrease the salinity of underground water supplies by “refreshing” with filtered stormwater
  • Provide certainty for irrigation of three internationally-rated and important golf course and
  • Increase biodiversity.

About the Australian Government Water Fund

The Australian Government Water Fund is a $2 billion investment in water solutions for current and future generations. The Fund is a major investment by the Australian Government in water infrastructure, improved water management, and better practices in the stewardship of Australia’s scarce water resources. It will create opportunities for industries, investment and jobs while at the same time protect and restore our environment.

The Fund comprises three programs;

  1. The $1.6billion Water Smart Australia program
  2. The $200million Raising Nation Water Standards program and
  3. The $200million Community Water Grants program.

Sourced from the Australian Government’s National Water Commission Project Information sheet. The National Water Commission is an independent statutory body in the Prime Minister’s portfolio. Its role is to drive the national water reform agenda.

         

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