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New solutions for Warracknabeal waste water.

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Monday, 13 August 2001


The local development ideas of Warracknabeal took greater shape today with the announcement of $171,500 Federal government grant under the innovative Regional Solutions Programme for the project Warracknabeal Waste Water Re-use.

The Hon John Anderson, Deputy Prime Minister, announced the success of the project today during his tour of the Wimmera at Warracknabeal.

Federal Member for Mallee John Forrest said the funding will be used on a project designed to make effective use of approximately 130 megalitres of waste water from the Grampians Water, Warracknabeal Sewerage Treatment Plant that is currently wasted through evaporation and flood irrigation of pasture.

Mr Forrest said, "This will be achieved through the installation of additional treatment equipment and the construction of a pipeline to supply water the golf course, racecourse, Anzac Park Recreation Reserve, the Lawn Cemetery and the highway that approaches the town, at a per megalitre cost ($100) that will ensure the economic sustainability of these public facilities.

Mr Forrest said, "This funding provides the opportunity for Warracknabeal to put into action its own development solution and to strategically target the community's needs.

"The Yarriambiack Shire Council is to be congratulated for recognising and addressing this problem by applying for these funds", Mr Forrest said.

Regional Solutions is a four year $90 million funding programme designed to help regional and rural communities find local solutions to the local challenges.

Mr Anderson said, "The programme has given rise to an unprecedented relationship between regional communities and the Federal Government. We are working together at the local level - finding the keys to unlock our nation's true potential and restore equity to our regions."

The Regional Solutions Programme is putting the opportunity of local and community development back in to the hands of those who face the issues every day - the communities themselves.