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Icon Water helping Floriade to flourish

To ensure Canberra’s ‘Floriade: Reimagined‘ festival flourishes come spring, Icon Water has partnered with Events ACT to help community groups water their blooms.

As part of Floriade: Reimagined, community organisations were able to apply and receive an allocation of bulbs and annuals to plant and grow.

In May, volunteers from the Kingston Barton Residents Association reached out to Icon Water for assistance with watering their bulbs as with limited options nearby they had been relying on local businesses to assist with watering.

Upon receiving the request, Icon Water wanted to provide wider support for the initiative and has agreed to help all the Floriade Community participants with water for their garden beds.

“We know how important Floriade is to the community, not only does it attract tourists from right across Australia but it’s also a highlight for locals and is a signal that spring has arrived here in Canberra,” Icon Water Managing Director Ray Hezkial said.

“While the event will be a little different this year, we’re looking forward to what Floriade Reimagined can bring to the community. As Canberra’s water utility, we were only too happy to be involved in providing water to community groups to ensure that flowers bloom right across this beautiful city.”

Icon Water will cover the watering costs for groups who can access watering systems and has also arranged for tankers to water gardens for groups who don’t have access to watering options.

With a keen focus on water conservation, Icon Water has arranged for recycled water to be used for watering many of the bulbs and annuals.

“While we want to support this event, water conservation is always front of mind for us. We’ve been engaging with the community to use water wisely and it’s fitting that we’re able to continue this theme while supporting community groups right across the ACT, to bring Floriade: Reimagined to life with the use of recycled water,” Mr Hezkial said.

Floriade has been a part of Canberra for 33 years and this year will see the biggest change as it adapts to the current landscape.

Floriade: Reimagined, which will see the bulbs and annuals which usually fill Commonwealth Park be planted at various locations across Canberra, is designed to ensure the tradition of Floriade continues. It is scheduled to run from 12 September to 11 October with activities to be announced soon.

Find out more at floriadeaustralia.com

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