Our cogenerator is now fully operational and providing clean, green energy to our precinct. 

On 15 December 2011, the Ashburton cogenerator was officially declared open by the Mayor of Boroondara, Councillor Heinz Kreutz.

About the project

The Ashburton community precinct cogeneration project involved the installation of a cogeneration power plant at the Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre (APARC) that provides low emissions electricity to the recreation centre and the Craig Family Centre plus heating for the pool and leisure centre building. It is a priority project within the Our Low Carbon Future – City of Boroondara Strategy.

The project also includes:

  • energy efficient lights within the surrounding community precinct
  • installation of photovoltaic systems at Ashburton Support Services, Samarinda Lodge and Warner Reserve Pavilion
  • installation of variable speed drives on pumps across the precinct
  • a communications and education strategy for precinct visitors to learn about energy saving technologies.


The project is projected to save around 1,247 tonnes of CO2-e per annum or 24,940 tonnes over its 20-year life.

Through reducing the need to purchase electricity from the grid, the project is estimated to provide an energy cost saving of $70,000 per annum or $1.4M over its 20-year useful life.

The project is also providing Council with direct experience of cogeneration power plant technology. The technology may be suitable for use at Council's other aquatic centres in the future. In particular cogeneration is likely to be incorporated into the redevelopment of Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre.

Partners and stakeholders

Sustainability Victoria was a funding partner in the project.

Key project stakeholders include the YMCA (manager of the Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre) and the organisations and groups within the Craig Family Centre, the Samarinda Lodge, Ashburton Support Services, Ashburton Bowls Club and the Warner Pavilion.


Council contributed approximately $800,000 to the project over 2009–2011. Council also received an  additional $283,000 in financial support from Sustainability Victoria through the Smart Energy Zone program.