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More than $180,000 for Gilmore in water grants.

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Joanna Gash MP Member for Gilmore

15 March 2006


With World Water Day just around the corner (March 22), the Member for Gilmore Joanna Gash has announced more than $180,000 worth of grants for the Gilmore electorate under the Australian Government's Community Water

Grants Program.

Mrs Gash announced eight community groups had secured between $7,340 and $49,973 for water saving projects.

"I applaud the efforts of all those involved in the Gilmore projects for doing their best to ensure a sustainable and water-wise future," Mrs Gash said.

Community Waters Grants will flow to Basin View Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade ($10,728), Illaroo Rd Public School ($7,340), Nowra High School ($14,145), Sanctuary Pt Public School ($35,343), St Georges Basin Public School ($13,839), Sussex Inlet Golf Club ($20,765), Tudor House School, Moss Vale ($49,973) and Trustees for the Wollongong Diocese Catholic School System ($28,563) for a total of $180,696. (A description of the projects is attached)

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

"All the projects are exciting, creative and extremely worthwhile," Mrs Gash said,

"Illaroo Rd Public School, for example, is undertaking a recycling rainwater and wetlands project, while Tudor House, Moss Vale, which is contributing more than the grant in its own money, is embarking on a major water conservation project that will redirect rainwater and run-off into a dam near the


"It is expected that Community Water Grants projects nationally will save approximately 18,000 million litres of water per year."

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.

Mrs Gash said all the successful Gilmore projects showed 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," Mrs Gash said.

For more information on the Community Water Grants programme and the next Community Water Grants funding round go to: