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Australian Government funding assists local organisations to save 178 million litres each year.



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Media Contact: Greg Pierce 02 66 52 62 33 0408 532 785 Email:greg.pierce@aph.gov.au Canberra: 62 77 4447

Luke Hartsuyker MP Federal Member for Cowper

MEDIA RELEASE

March 21, 2006

Australian Government funding assists local organisations to save 178 million litres each year

Local community groups, sporting clubs, councils and environment organisations will collectively save 178 million litres of water each year as a result of water efficiency measures to be introduced with the support of Australian Government funding.

The Nationals Federal Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, today announced 15 water grants, totalling $566,000, to assist with water saving initiatives across the Cowper electorate.

The funding, which is part of the Australian Government’s Community Water Grants programme, will see an increase in re-use of treated effluent, an increase in the amount of rain captured from roofs and the installation of water saving devises.

Mr Hartsuyker said one of the successful projects, the Sawtell Golf Club, has received $47,574 to increase the amount of irrigation using treated effluent.

The funding will assist with the upgrade of their existing irrigation equipment and will ease the club’s demand for water from the town water supply.

The club anticipates it will save 20 million litres of water each year as a result of the upgrade.

Sawtell Golf Club was one of four sporting clubs to receive funding from the Community Water Grants programme, with the Stuarts Point Workers and Recreation Club receiving $42,896 for the installation of rainwaters tanks and the Nambucca Bowling Club ($50,000) and Yamba Golf Club ($50,000) also receiving funds.

Mr Hartsuyker said other organisations to receive funding included;

• Toormina Public and High Schools which will install rainwater tanks and use the collected water to irrigate school ovals,

• Maclean High School which will use collected water on their aquaculture project and agriculture gardens,

• Bellingen Shire Council which will save 80 million litres of water each year through the installation of pressure reducing valves and water saving devises.

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• The Glenreagh Primary School Parents and Citizens Association which will use collected water to service their toilet blocks.

Mr Hartsuyker said the announcement of the Community Water Grants was timely given that March 22 is World Water Day.

“A focus on sustainable and water-wise initiatives can deliver real outcomes for the local community and these particular projects are an outstanding example of the practical steps we can take to deliver substantial water savings,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“Across the Cowper electorate community groups and local authorities will deliver annual water savings of more than 178 million litres as a result of this funding from the Community Water Grants programme.

“Projects will save water, promote wise water use, conservation, water re-use and recycling and water health.

Mr Hartsuyker called on the local community to get involved with water saving activities as part of the celebration of World Water Day on March 22.

“It is amazing how much water we can save as a community by changing the way we collect and use water,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“The Australian Government is assisting these projects through the $200 million Community Water Grants programme, which is part of the $2 billion Australian Government Water Fund.

“Community Water Grants projects nationally will save approximately 18 billion litres of water per year, and community groups will donate approximately 350,000 volunteer hours to implement the projects,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

Applications for Round 2 of the Community Water Grants programme will shortly be called.

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