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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

3 July 2006


The Federal Member for Wannon, David Hawker, today urged regional communities to apply for grants of up to $50,000 to help save and protect local water supplies.

Mr Hawker said funding was available under Round Two of the Australian Government’s Community Water Grant program for water saving, recycling and treatment projects demonstrating community involvement and a clear public benefit.

“The program encourages better water use and improvements in water health and quality through practical, on-the-ground projects such as reducing pollutants reaching our streams and water recycling and efficiency initiatives, “ Mr Hawker said.

He urged all sporting clubs, schools, service clubs, local government and other community organisations to consider applying for a Community Water Grant under the program which, in its first round, funded 1750 water-saving projects.

Combined, these projects were expected to save around 18 billion litres of water for the year - equivalent to 18,000 community swimming pools.

Around 20 projects were funded in the Wannon electorate in Round One, totalling over $570,000.

“After years of drought, we are all aware of the need to change the way we use water,” Mr Hawker said.

“The Government has invested in large-scale projects, such as the $500 million to restore the health of the Murray-Darling provided in this year’s Budget. But as communities, we also need to act at a local level to address the challenges we are going to confront into the future.”

Mr Hawker said the Community Water Grants were about community participation in projects that saved water or improved the health of local water resources.

“We live in a dry country. By working together with practical solutions, we can conserve our precious water resources - every little bit counts,” Mr Hawker said.

Application forms and guidelines are available from or by calling 1800 780 730. Applications close on 25 August 2006.

Media contact: Jane Templeton (03) 5572 1100

Round One projects funded in Wannon


Project CWG

funding Total cost

Project description

Baimbridge College (Hamilton) Water Saving and Waterwise Education Project

44,811 51,156 This project aims to improve water efficiency at Baimbridge College by implementing a range of water saving initiatives. Estimated water saved each year - 1,300,000 litres.

Brauer Secondary College (Warrnambool)

Brauerander Park Pavillion water re-use project 50,000 66,250 Rainwater tanks installed to collect water from the roof of the new athletics pavilion. Water used for

pavilion toilets. Estimated water saved each year - 3,500,000 litres.

Brauer Secondary College (Warrnambool)

Brauer College Toilet Conversion and Toilet Re-use 16,600 48,700 Installation of dual flush toilets and rainwater tanks to collect water from the college roof. Wastewater

channelled into reed bed treatment facility. Estimated water saving - 1,000,000 litres.

Cavendish Primary School Cavendish primary School Wise Water Management


31,224 56,524 Installation of dual flush toilets and spring-loaded taps; rainwater used to irrigate oval and for drinking water. Estimated annual saving - 210,000 litres.

Chalambar Golf Club (Ararat)

Upgrading pump irrigation system using recycled water 27,343 45,573 New system ensures recycled water is used to irrigation, at. Estimated annual water saving -

16,000,000 litres.

Curdies Valley Landcare Group (Timboon)

Rehabilitation of Curdies River 48,048 103,700 Weed control, revegetation and fencing of Curdies River to improve water quality and overall health of

the river.

Dadswells Bridge Progress Association

Dadswells Bridge sustainable water supply and Mt William Creek regeneration

50,000 64,800 Installation of a reticulated pipeline to ensure town’s domestic water supply (currently carted from Horsham); revegetation of creek, erosion control. Estimated annual water saving - 30,000,000 litres.

Grange Golf Club (Stawell) Sustainable water use 11,725 19,925 Re-use groundwater and rainwater to irrigate the golf Course. Estimated saving - 220,000 litres.

Hamilton Golf Club Stormwater collection for use on golf links 46,725 60,155 Re-use stormwater run-off to irrigate golf club grounds. Estimated water saving - 50,000,000 litres.

Lismore Recreation Centre Lismore Recreation Reserve oval irrigation scheme

33,441 39,473 Re-use run-off to irrigate the recreation reserve oval, using nearby dam as catchment. Estimated annual water saving - 3,500,000 litres.

Project Platypus Assocation Inc (Stawell)

Improving water quality in the Six Mile Creek 34,846 48,950 Restoring erosion gullies, fencing off waterways and revegetation to stabilise banks and enhance

biodiversity. Estimated annual water saving - 49,000,000 litres.

St Marys Primary School (Hamilton)

Installation of sub-surface irrigation system using harvested rainwater

49,768 62,168 Installation of rainwater tanks to irrigate garden beds and school oval. Estimated annual water saving - 1,300,000 litres.

Stawell Golf Club Resew golf course fairway with legend couch craw 50,000 99,608 Replace existing grass with drought-tolerant variety. Estimated annual water saving - 800,000 litres.

Lismore Land Protection Group Reduce reliance on reticulated water and saline

discharge management

34,910 106,038 Encouraging businesses to install bores and extra rainwater tanks; targeting saline discharge areas for improved management. Estimated water saving - 4,435,000 litres.

Warrnambool College

School Indoor Water Efficiency Project

45,774 49,394 Implementation of a range of water saving initiatives in the school’s washrooms, including waterless urinal, constant flow tap valves and efficient toilets. Estimated annual water saving - 537,000 litres.

Warrnambool Golf Club Inc. Diversion of industrial condensate for irrigation at

Warrnambool Golf Club

50,000 717,015 Re-use industrial condensate water to irrigate golf club greens. Estimated annual water saving - 40,000,000 litres.

Warrnambool Presbyterian School

Save Water at King College 52,329 111,409 Installation of rainwater tanks for toilets; harvest stormwater to irrigate sporting fields and agricultural areas; enhance existing wetland system. Estimated annual water saving - 2,000,000 litres.

Western District Health Service (Hamilton)

Recycle grey water in linen service 50,000 112,112 Grey water from industrial linen service to storage tank to supply water back to linen service. Estimated

annual water saving - 3,240,000 litres.

Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation (Heywood)

Water Wise at Winda-Mara 19,260 43,160 Installation of water-saving devices in kitchen and bathroom areas. Estimated annual water saving - 4,620,000 litres.