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Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon Ian Campbell
27 June 2006
As Western Australia suffers through its driest year on record, the Australian Government is offering a water-saving lifeline through the Community Water Grants programme.
Announced today by Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage Senator Ian Campbell, the second funding round of the $200 million grants scheme is an opportunity for local groups to play a part in the national water conservation effort, part of the $2 billion Australian Government Water Fund.
"Local governments, schools, sporting clubs, agricultural and conservation organisations across Australia are already using Community Water Grants to put in place simple, practical ideas that make a real difference to their community's water resources," Senator Campbell said.
"More than 160 Western Australian Community Water Grant projects have already been successfully funded and are saving water or improving water quality across the State."
Some of these WA projects include:
"What we want now are for eligible groups, firms and individuals to take advantage of this opportunity to join the conservation effort," Senator Campbell said.
Community Water Grants provide up to $50,000 to implement practical, on-ground projects that save water or improve the health of their local water resources. Under special criteria, some projects may be funded for up to $250,000.
Senator Campbell said large-scale projects, such as the major infrastructure projects under the $2 billion Australian Government Water Fund, would drive sustainable and efficient management of Australia's water resources.
"However, it's the on-the-ground conservation work by local communities and governments that is vital. Community Water Grants is all about community participation - encouraging people to think about and implement wise water use. It's also about saving water and improving water quality with projects that make a measurable difference," he said.
Senator Campbell encouraged all Western Australians to apply, including those who had applied in the past.
Application forms and guidelines are available from www.australia.gov.au/communitywatergrants or by calling 1800 780 730.
Applications open on 1 July 2006 and close on 25 August 2006.
Rob Broadfield 02 6277 7640 or 0409 493 902