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Wakefield community water grants funded.

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Local sporting clubs, schools, service clubs, councils, and other organisations in Wakefield can now play an important part in preserving and protecting our water supplies.

Member for Wakefield David Fawcett has encouraged local community groups to apply for a grant of up to $50,000 aimed at protecting water quality and the nation’s water supplies.

The Community Water Grants were launched by the Minister for Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell and the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation, Senator Ian Macdonald last week.

The latest initiative of the $2 billion Australian Government Water Fund, Community Water Grants will provide $200 million over the next five years to help communities play a positive role in securing the Nation’s water supply.

“Community Water Grants will provide a boost for local organisations with practical ideas and on-the-ground projects that encourage better water use and water health,” Mr Fawcett said.

“An information session is being held Tuesday, 9 August in Gawler to help community groups in Wakefield find out about the grants, what sort of projects are eligible, and how to apply.

“Community Water Grants will help communities address water quality, such as through stream restoration, and introduce water saving and recycling initiatives.

“There are many simple but smart water saving ideas that could be implemented with a little help, and the Australian Government is keen to work with community groups to provide that help.”

Mr Fawcett said community groups were custodians of large areas of Australia and significant water users in their own right.

“Imagine the savings across Wakefield if we were able to encourage every school, sportsground, bowling club, tennis club and golf course to pursue water saving initiatives,” Mr Fawcett said.

at the Gawler Arms Hotel, Gawler

Funding is available for projects that demonstrate direct water savings, efficiency and/or benefits to surface or groundwater health, and can demonstrate a clear public benefit.

Application forms and guidelines are available from o by calling 1800 780 730. Applications close on October 4, 2005. r

Local meeting details:

Tuesday 9 August 2005 at 3.30PM

“We need to act, so I urge all community groups to send a representative to the information session.”