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$44,645 for Mildura West Primary School to save water.



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John Forrest MP The Nationals Member for Mallee

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

Wednesday, 23 March 2005

$44,645 FOR MILDURA WEST PRIMARY SCHOOL TO SAVE WATER

The Mildura West Primary School will be saving more water after receiving $44,645.45 in an Australian Government Community Water Grant advised the Federal Member for Mallee, John Forrest.

“It is wonderful to see this type of grant being utilised in my electorate,” said Mr Forrest “particularly in a school environment as we need to educate our children on the importance of recycling, reusing and saving our vital water resources.”

Mr Darin Lord, Acting Principal advised that the grant money would be used to improve their water efficiency by installing 21 dual flush toilets in the older toilet block and three tanks linked to the newer toilet block. An automated subsurface drip system will also be installed to water the school’s gardens using the collected stormwater. “We believe that this project will save around 5475 litres of water per annum,” said Mr Lord.

“This grant provides our students with a range of practical methods available to re-use water and be involved. Our team of Stormwater Ambassadors, 16 Year 6 students will continue to be empowered to teach other students about stormwater usage, water conservation and practical ways to reduce water that can be utilised at home. “

Mr Forrest said that this project was a particularly good one as it was one of only 27 projects throughout Australia that has been invited to demonstrate how groups ranging from local governments, schools and sporting associations to community organisations can find local solutions to our national water crisis.

“I congratulate the community of the Mildura West Primary School on the work they are doing and thank them for helping us to demonstrate practical ways to save water,” said Mr Forrest.

“Other community groups will have the opportunity to apply for up to $50,000 in June this year to help them save water or to improve the health of their local waterways. Community Water Grants are available to put in place practical on-the-ground solutions to local water challenges. I urge any community organisation that has a good idea to start developing proposals.”

“Many communities in North West Victoria are already doing their bit to save water in their homes and gardens. The Australian Government’s Community Water Grants will now make it easier to go beyond individual households and encourage community organisations to find practical answers to local water problems,” Mr Forrest said. Organisations can register their interest for the June 2005 round of the Community Water Grants on www.nrm.gov.au or freecall 1800 780 730.

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