The Moonee Valley Racing Club is proud to implement many sustainable practices in our workplace that ensures we are doing our bit to help protect the environment in which we reside as well as community as to which we are a part of.
Through the implementation of a Comprehensive Water Management Strategy for the entire racecourse, the MVRC has reduced its potable water consumption by 60 megalitres annually - or 24 Olympic-size swimming pools – a 70% reduction compared to the same period before the project was implemented in 2010.
At the centre of the strategy was the Enhanced Storm Water Harvesting initiative jointly funded by City West Water, which involved the following projects: improving the catchment capacities of the racecourse and neighbouring streets; cleaning and re-engineering the gravity fed internal drainage networks; joining the Southern and Central drainage networks; installing a Humeguard Gross Pollution Trap to collect and remove rubbish and sediment; installing weir gates to re-direct stormwater; increasing the dam capacity from 14 to 24 megalitres; and improving the Club’s in-ground irrigation system.
Additionally, as stormwater harvesting is conducted entirely through a gravity fed system, pumping of water into the dam is not required. This means the Club is saving energy by not relying on pumps and other devices that deliver mains system water. Plus, by removing 60 megalitres of stormwater from the system, we save around 150kg of nitrogen per year that would otherwise have entered Port Phillip Bay.
The racetrack comprises over 30,000 square metres of premium Blue Grass Rye turf with a 270mm sand based profile, designed specifically for its high drainage capability and ability to recycle excess water back into the dam.
Importantly, the our staff have been an integral part of the Club’s water saving strategies and have embraced the racecourse’s environmental sustainability goals. For example, our gardeners have designed and constructed drought-tolerant gardens using stone mulch, direct dripper irrigation and drought resistant-plants, plus the track and ground staff have re-planted the main public lawn with drought-resistant kikuyu turf.
Overall, the MVRC has undertaken enormous steps to ensure it is as water efficient as possible, saving many millions of litres of Melbourne’s precious water supply.
The MVRC won the SaveWater Business Award (Large Business) in 2010 for this project.