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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
27 November 2006
Community based projects aimed at saving, reusing or improving the health of local water resources received a boost today, with the announcement of $61.7 million in funding for 1,444 projects under the Australian Government’s Community Water Grants.
Successful Round 2 applicants were announced today by Senator Ian Campbell, Australian Government Minister for the Environment and Heritage and Senator Eric Abetz, Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation.
“These projects will save 9,518 mega litres of water a year - this is the amount of water 34,000 average households use each year,” Senator Campbell said. “That is the equivalent of a third of the water use of Canberra’s population, in real terms.”
The Ministers made the announcement of this year’s successful applicants at the Australian National University in Canberra where a project funded under the last round of the Community Water Grants is saving 26 million litres of water per year.
Senator Abetz said community groups funded include schools, environmental groups, rural organisations, sporting associations, regional natural resource management bodies, local governments and private organisations.
“Communities will donate 560,000 volunteer hours to undertake a huge range of projects — a great effort by everyday Australians to conserve, recycle and improve the health of their water,” Senator Abetz said.
“This shows just how many Australians are committed to working with the Australian Government to conserving our precious water resource.”
As well as saving water, Community Water Grant projects promote wise water use and community awareness about water efficiency and conservation, water reuse and recycling and improving water quality.
The Ministers said projects showed just how much water all communities can save by communities and the Government working together at a local level.
For more information on the Community Water Grants programme and the next funding round or a full list of projects funded in Round 2 visit: www.australia.gov.au/communitywatergrants
Rob Broadfield (Senator Campbell) 02 6277 7640 or 0409 493 902
Brad Stansfield (Senator Abetz) 02 6277 7600 or 0419 884 666
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