Icon Water helps Floriade Reimagined to bloom

June 23, 2020

This year’s Floriade will look a little different to previous years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with flowers expected to bloom right across Canberra. As part of the Floriade community program, volunteers from local community organisations have been busily planting approximately 300,000 bulbs and annuals around the City to extend the reach of Floriade. Icon Water has partnered with Events ACT to ensure that the flowers receive much needed water so that Floriade Reimagined flourishes come spring.
In late May, volunteers from the Kingston Barton Residents Association reached out to Icon Water for assistance with watering their bulbs. 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. 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.

“It’s been a particularly challenging year for Canberrans and we want to provide our support” said Icon Water Managing Director Ray Hezkial.

“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.” 

“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,” he said.

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 promises be its biggest development yet as it adapts to the current landscape. Floriade Reimagined will kick off in September 2020 with activities to be announced soon. Find out more about the event https://floriadeaustralia.com/.