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Joint Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
Australian Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation
Senator Eric Abetz

13 March 2006

Water-wise Australians set to save 18 billion litres of water a year

A massive 1750 community groups will share in $61 million in funding to undertake water saving projects across Australia, under the Australian Government’s Community Water Grants programme.

Successful applicants were announced today by Australian Government Ministers for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell and Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation, Senator Eric Abetz, as part of the $2 billion Australian Government Water Fund.

“Thousands of Australians are set to save around 18 billion litres of water a year - the equivalent of 18,000 Olympic swimming pools,” Senator Campbell said.

“This shows how vital Australian communities are to achieving a sustainable and water-wise future – everybody can play a part.”

Senator Abetz said community groups funded include schools, environmental groups, rural organisations, sporting associations, natural resource management regional bodies, local governments and non-government organisations.

“Communities will donate about 350,000 volunteer hours to implement a huge range of projects — an incredible commitment by everyday Australians to conserve water,” Senator Abetz said.

“This programme highlights the Australian Government’s commitment to working with local communities to deliver real, on-ground environmental outcomes.”

As well as saving water, Community Water Grant projects promote wise water use and community engagement and awareness about water efficiency and conservation, water re-use and recycling and water health.

Examples of successful projects include:

The Ministers said projects showed just how much water all communities can save by using inexpensive but clever and practical solutions.

More information on the Community Water Grants programme, including a list of successful proponents and the next Community Water Grants funding round, is available at

Photographs: related images are available from the photo gallery

Media Contacts:
Renae Stoikos (Senator Campbell's office) 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434
Brad Stansfield (Senator Abetz's office) 02 6277 7600 or 0419 884 666

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