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Community Water Grants roadshow.

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Wednesday, 13 July 2004

John Forrest MP The Nationals Member for Mallee

Phone (03) 5032 4510 Fax (03) 5032 9407


John Forrest, The Federal Member for Mallee today urged local community groups to attend community workshops aimed at providing advice on how to apply for a grant of up to $50,000 aimed at protecting water quality and the nation’s water supplies.

“All community groups including sporting clubs, schools, service clubs, councils, and other organisations in North West Victoria can now play an important part in preserving and protecting our water supplies,” Mr Forrest said.

The Community Water Grants were launched by the Minister for Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell and the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation, Senator Ian Macdonald last week. The latest initiative of the $2 billion Australian Government Water Fund, Community Water Grants will provide $200 million over the next five years to help communities play a positive role in securing the Nation’s water supply.

“Community Water Grants will provide a boost for local organisations with practical ideas and on-the-ground projects that encourage better water use and water health,” Mr Forrest said.

“Community Water Grants will help communities address water quality, such as through stream restoration, and introduce water saving and recycling initiatives. There are many simple but smart water saving ideas that could be implemented with a little help, and the Australian Government is keen to work with community groups to provide that help.”

Mr Forrest said community groups were custodians of large areas of Australia and significant water users in their own right. Imagine the savings across North West Victoria if we were able to encourage every school, sportsground, bowling club, tennis club and golf course to pursue water saving initiatives,” he said.

“We need to act, so I urge all community groups to send a representative to an information session.” - Local meetings are being held:

Horsham, Thursday 21 July 2005, 4pm, Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water Board Mildura, Friday 22 July 2005, 3pm, DPI Complex

Funding is available for projects that demonstrate direct water savings, efficiency and/or benefits to surface or groundwater health, and can demonstrate a clear public benefit.

Application forms and guidelines are available from or by calling 1800 780 730. Applications close on October 4, 2005.

Media Contact Sally Turvey (03) 5032 4510 -ends-