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

23 November 2006

Saving 10 million litres of water a year


Ten million litres of water a year are expected to be saved through new projects in the city of Adelaide and surrounding areas.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Greg Hunt, announced the projects in Adelaide today.

Speaking at the Urban Rivers Symposium this morning, Mr Hunt said 11 projects would receive a total of just over half a million dollars to help them deliver water saving projects.

"In a city already hit by water restrictions, I am particularly pleased to be able to announce the successful projects," Mr Hunt said.

"Nine of the projects will be carried out by local schools, encouraging students to take an active part in learning about saving our most precious resource.

"These are the first projects in Australia to be announced under Round 2 of the Australian Government's $200 million Community Water Grants programme.

"The scheme provides grants of up to $50,000 to schools, community groups and other local organisations to help them to save, recycle or improve the health of local water resources.

"On 27 November, the Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Ian Campbell and the Minister for Fisheries and Forestry and Conservation, Eric Abetz, will unveil more than 1400 projects to gain funding under Round 2 of the Community Water Grants programme.

"The $200 million Community Water Grants programme is a vital community component of the $2 billion Australian Government Water Fund which I was proud to help develop.

"It is expected that nationally, Community Water Grants projects will save over 9,500 million litres of water per year, and that community groups will donate 560,000 volunteer hours to implement the projects," Mr Hunt said.

For more information on Community Water Grants and the next funding round visit: www.australia.gov.au/communitywatergrants

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

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