Apex Oval/East Dubbo Sporting Complex - Water Harvesting at a Regional Sporting Venue


On 21 September 2015, responsibility for water policy and resources was transferred to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - Administrative Arrangement Order made on 21 September 2015.

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Apex Oval/East Dubbo Sporting Complex - Water Harvesting at a Regional Sporting Venue: Fact sheet (PDF - 263.89 KB)

About the project

Project location: Dubbo, New South Wales

Funding recipient: Dubbo City Council

Total Australian Government funding: $4,506,500 (GST exclusive)

Water savings: up to 42 ML/yr

The project collects, treats, stores and distributes stormwater from a 65 hectare urban development to irrigate the Apex Oval / East Dubbo Sporting Complex, a high profile regional sporting complex located in Dubbo.

Project benefits/objectives:

  • Capturing 42ML of stormwater per annum for reuse as irrigation for the complex, water savings equate to 53% of the annual irrigation demand. This equates to 4200 ML of potable and aquifer water savings over the life of the tank.
  • The entire playing surface of the Apex Oval has been removed to an approximate depth of 3.5 meters and a 12 megalitre modular tank has been installed underground with stormwater inflow and outflow connections, as well as irrigation and drainage infrastructure.
  • A new look sporting facility has been redeveloped to international standards.

Project progress

The project has been completed and the sporting complex was re-opened by the Mayor of Dubbo, Mathew Dickerson on 8 November 2012.

Final Report

Further Information