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$700,000 in Local Community Water Grants: [Four projects around Ararat and Stawell].

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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: Web:

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

27 November 2006


Federal Member for Wannon, David Hawker, today announced over $700,000 in Australian Government Community Water Grants for fourteen community groups in Western Victoria, including $167,000 for four projects around Ararat and Stawell to save, recycle or improve the health of local water resources.

Stawell Clay Target Complex, Uniting Care Ageing and the Stawell Golf Club were each awarded almost $50,000 and Ararat Rural City Council will receive $28,000.

“I commend the communities in the Stawell-Ararat region who are helping ensure a sustainable and water-wise future through these practical, on-the-ground projects,” Mr Hawker said.

“Rainwater tanks, water efficient fittings, recycling of storm and greywater, and the repairing of pipes will all contribute to the sustainability of these organisations and the region as a whole,” he said.

Joy McCracken from the Stawell Clay Target complex said that she was thrilled with the funding.

“We have a very small, hard working committee and I want to thank everyone for their support and help in obtaining this funding,” she said.

“In these continuing drought conditions it’s critical to make the most of this precious resource and we are committed to leading the community in promoting sustainable water use and thinking of different water saving initiatives.”

Ararat Rural City will use their funds to recycle stormwater and treated greywater for irrigation of the recreation reserve. Peter Greenberger said the grant was a fantastic outcome.

“The recreation reserve is also used as a fire refuge and this grant will enable us to maintain the grounds over the summer as well as incorporate water saving measures into the upgrade of the hall,” he said.

Uniting Care Ageing’s Andrew McGuckian said that their grant will make an enormous difference as the drought was starting to impact on their viability.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to secure the future of our centres. We will also be using these water saving measures as an educational tool for visiting school groups, emphasising the importance of environmental sustainability,” he said.

The Stawell Golf Club will replace the ageing piping in their sprinklers with their grant, saving 3.6 million litres of water per year.

President Geoff Alborough said that the grant will help to make the club a great community asset.

All four projects are being funded under the $200 million Community Water Grants programme, which is part of the $2 billion Australian Government Water Fund.

“It is expected that nationally, Community Water Grants projects will save 9,518 mega litres of water per year, and that community groups will donate 560,000 volunteer hours to implement the projects,” Mr Hawker said.

“All of the projects will promote wise water use and increase community awareness about water efficiency and conservation, water recycling and water health. They show just how much water everyday Australians can save by using inexpensive, practical solutions, and I encourage all local community groups to take part in the next round of Community Water Grants,” he said.

For more information on Community Water Grants and the next funding round visit: or call Mr Hawker’s office on (03) 5572 1100.


Media contact: Jane Templeton (02) 6277 4006