Hon Judi Moylan

Pearce Community groups to be funded to save water

Local sporting clubs, schools, service clubs, councils, and other organisations in Pearce can now play an important part in preserving and protecting our water supplies. Member for Pearce Judi Moylan today 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,” Ms Moylan said. “Information sessions are being held across the Pearce electorate to help community groups 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.” “We need to act, so I urge all community groups to send a representative to an information session,” Ms Moylan said. Local meetings are being held: Day/date Time Location 8 August, 2005 10am Gingin –Rec Centre (TBC) 11 August, 2005 TBC Brookton or Quairading(TBC) 12 August,2005 TBC Northam or Dowerin (TBC) Further information on these meetings is available by calling Richard Nott on 02 62741469. Funding is 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 can be found at www.communitywatergrants.gov.au or by calling 1800 780 730. Applications close on October 4, 2005.

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