COMMUNITY GROUPS AND SCHOOLS LOSE WATER FUNDING
Posted on Thursday, 15 May 2008
“Dozens of local community groups have been stripped of their ability to carry out water-saving projects and schools will need to come up with $20,000 for water and energy efficiency projects, thanks to Budget cuts announced by the Rudd Government,” Federal Member for Pearce, the Hon Judi Moylan said today.
“The bad news was confirmed with the scrapping of the Coalition Government’s popular Community Water Grants program.
“Organisations such as local bowls clubs, golf clubs, Landcare groups and country fire brigades now have no way of accessing Federal funding for water-saving projects.
“The program provided up to $50,000 for water-saving projects and inspired community groups across Pearce to become leaders in the conservation of our precious water supply.”
Mrs Moylan said the Community Water Grants program had helped over 8000 community groups across Australia save the equivalent of 40,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools of water each year.
“Local schools, too, are losing out. An alternative program offered by the Rudd Government has effectively slashed $20,000 from the maximum grant they can receive for water projects.
“The Government has nailed the lid on the coffin of the Coalition’s Green Vouchers for Schools program, which allowed schools to apply for grants of up to $50,000 to install solar hot water systems and rainwater tanks.
"The popular program has been replaced by one that effectively cuts funding for solar hot water systems and rainwater tanks in our local schools by $20,000. Funds for school water saving and hot water programs have now been capped at $30,000.
“The loss of the Green Vouchers for Schools program sets a bad lesson for our local youngsters as they strive to improve water and energy efficiency at school.”