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The Hon Dr Mike Kelly AM MP
Parliamentary Secretary for Water

Surf life saving clubs save water

Media release
10 June 2009

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The Parliamentary Secretary for Water, the Hon Dr Mike Kelly AM MP, today congratulated three surf life saving clubs in NSW and Victoria as the first recipients of a $10,000 grant to showcase water efficiency at a community level as part of the $250 million National Rainwater and Greywater Initiative.

"The Australian Government is committed to assisting surf life saving clubs around Australia to reduce their reliance on drinking water," said Dr Kelly.

The three clubs are the Santa Casa Beach, run by the Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club in Victoria, Minnie Water-Wooli Surf Life Saving Club of NSW and the Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club in Victoria, which will all be receiving up to $10,000 each.

With the funding, the Venus Bay and Santa Casa Beach clubs will be installing 13,500 litre tanks while Minnie Water-Wooli will install two 5,000 litre tanks. The water collected in these tanks can then be used for toilet flushing and/or laundry use, reducing the use of potable water.

Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) has been contracted by the Australian Government to facilitate the delivery of the National Rainwater and Greywater Initiative: Surf Life Saving Clubs program.

SLSA CEO Brett Williamson said, "the SLSA is actively raising awareness of environmental issues and in particular the sustainable use of our beaches, through our ECOSurf policy. These grants from the Australian Government tie in well with our policy and we encourage all surf life saving clubs to save money and be part of a broader environmental effort that will make their water savings really count."

The National Rainwater and Greywater Initiative delivers on an election commitment made during the hundredth year anniversary of Surf Life Saving in Australia to support water efficiency in Australia's surf life saving clubs.

"I applaud these clubs for leading the way and I hope that it will inspire other clubs to take advantage of this grant," Dr Kelly said.

"A key priority under Water for the Future is the need to use water wisely and community groups such as SLSA play a major part in improving water efficiency and adapting to climate change."

To apply for a grant, clubs should contact SLSA by emailing or call (02) 9300 4000.

For more information, including guidelines and a copy of the application form visit SLSA's website: 

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