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Media Release
The Hon Greg Hunt MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Flinders

1 December 2006

Helping new Melbourne 'green precinct' save nine million litres of water a year


The Australian Government is helping an innovative new Melbourne 'green precinct' to save nine million litres of water a year.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Greg Hunt, today announced a series of water-saving projects at the Darebin Green Precinct at East Preston.

Mr Hunt said the precinct was a community-led initiative in which local schools, a church and the Darebin City Council worked together to successfully deliver enviro-friendly projects.

"The Australian Government's Community Water Grants programme is providing about $450,000 for ten water-saving projects at the Darebin Green Precinct," Mr Hunt said.

"This funding is helping to deliver terrific local projects such as installing rainwater tanks for irrigation, and water-saving devices such as push-button taps and waterless urinals.

"These are modest projects which are collectively saving enough water to fill about 200 backyard swimming pools every year.

"What sets this effort apart from the thousands of other Community Water Grant projects around Australia is the coordinated nature of the green precinct. This is a model for other similar environmentally-based precincts around the country.

"I congratulate the precinct partners for working together to come up with local solutions to their local water resource challenges."

Grant recipients in the precinct include Darebin City Council, Preston Girls Secondary College, Samaritan Catholic College, Sacred Heart Primary School, Sacred Heart Church, Northcote High School, the Aborigines Advancement League, Ruthven Primary School, Richmond Fellowship and Thornbury High School.

The $200 million Community Water Grants programme is part of the $2 billion Australian Government Water Fund. Community Water Grants encourage communities to implement practical, on-the-ground projects to save, recycle or improve the health of local water resources.

Media contact:
John Deller (Mr Hunt's office) on 0400 496 596

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