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Stawell and Ararat regions get over $218,000 in community water grants funding.



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David Hawker MP Federal Member for Wannon Electorate Office: 190 Gray Street, Hamilton, Vic., 3300 Ph: (03) 5572 1100 or Local Call 1300 131 692 Fax: (03) 55 72 1141 Email: David.Hawker.MP@aph.gov.au Web: www.davidhawker.com.au

Media Release The Hon David Hawker MP Speaker of the House of Representatives Federal Member for Wannon

10 March 2006

STAWELL AND ARARAT REGIONS GET OVER $218,000 IN COMMUNITY WATER GRANTS FUNDING

In anticipation of World Water Day, Federal Member for Wannon, David Hawker, today welcomed the announcement that community groups in the Stawell/Ararat region will get over $218,000 to undertake water saving projects.

Six local projects will share in the funding, implementing initiatives ranging from replacing pumps and turf at local golf clubs to fencing off waterways and re-using effluent for native vegetation areas.

“I applaud the efforts of all of the successful recipients who are contributing to this effort to ensure a sustainable and water-wise future for our region,” Mr Hawker said.

Chalambar Golf Club’s Donald Phillips said that their $27,000 grant is a great thing for the club.

“This funding will help in so many ways. The current irrigation system is inefficient and this will allow for better use of recycled water and increase the standard of the whole course,” he said.

Stawell Golf Club’s Geoffrey Alborough was equally thrilled with their $50,000 grant to replace the existing grass on the golf course with drought tolerant grass.

“Fantastic doesn’t describe it,” he said.

“This assures the future of the course, it’s an unbelievable relief after the water shortages we’ve been experiencing. Overall it will give us a much better quality course.”

Dadswell Bridge Progress Association will also receive $50,000 to install a reticulated pipeline to ensure the town has a secure water supply to meet domestic needs.

Dadswell Bridge Progress Association’s Colin Burke said that the supply of clean water was very important for the small tourist town.

“It will also help to clean up the creek,” he said.

Mr Hawker said that over $790,000 in total will be distributed to groups in Wannon, funded by the $200 million Community Water Grants programme, which is part of the $2 billion Australian Government Water Fund.

“Earlier this month the Australian Government announced that the Australian Government will provide $61 million in Community Water Grants to 1,750 community groups across the country to implement practical on-the-ground water saving projects,” he said.

“It is expected that Community Water Grants projects nationally will save approximately 18,000 million litres of water per year, and that community groups will donate approximately 350,000 volunteer hours to implement the projects.”

Mr Hawker said that the local projects will save water and promote wise water use and community engagement and awareness about water efficiency and conservation, water re-use and recycling and water health.

“These grants are only one part of the Australian Government’s commitment to water conservation,” he said.

“The local projects show just how much water community groups can save by using inexpensive but clever and practical solutions.

“I encourage all community groups to take part in the next round of Community Water Grants funding,” Mr Hawker said.

For more information on the Community Water Grants programme and the next Community Water Grants funding round go to: www.communitywatergrants.gov.au

Note: Please find attached a spreadsheet detailing projects funded in Wannon.

Media contact: Jane Templeton

(03) 5572 1100