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Mallee electorate gets $1,444,069 in Community Water Grants funding.



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John Forrest MP The Nationals Member for Mallee

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

Tuesday, 14 March 2006

MALLEE ELECTORATE GETS $1,444,069 IN COMMUNITY WATER GRANTS FUNDING

In celebration of World Water Day, The Nationals Federal Member for Mallee, John Forrest, welcomed the announcement that 45 community groups throughout the Mallee electorate will get $1,444,069 to undertake water saving projects.

“I applaud the efforts of the many community groups in North West Victoria who are contributing to this effort to ensure a sustainable and water-wise future” Mr Forrest said. “There is a great representation from all over the electorate, from Apsley to Mildura, Horsham to Kerang and many towns in between. Given we are currently experiencing such dry conditions, any strategies implemented to save water are very welcome.”

Mr Forrest said these projects were being funded under the $200 million Community Water Grants programme, which is part of the $2 billion Australian Government Water Fund.

“Earlier this month the Australian Government Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell and Minister for Fisheries and Forestry and Conservation, Senator Eric Abetz, announced 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,” he said.

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,” Mr Forrest said.

“These 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 Forrest said.

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

Listing of successful Mallee electorate grants attached

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