Water grants to help make every drop count
The Victorian government is funding water infrastructure improvements to make the most of our current water supply, as we face the challenge of a drier climate and increased demand due to population growth.
Water Minister Lisa Neville announced that grants of $ 14.1 million for integrated water management will extend over three years to strengthen our water security by co-investing in priority projects identified in Melbourne and the Victoria region.
The investment will provide $ 11 million for infrastructure projects, with the remainder going to feasibility studies and developing a business case.
Grants for Integrated Water Management are open to more than 100 organizations, including local government, traditional owner groups, water companies and watershed management authorities.
Successful projects from previous Integrated Water Management grants include the Tarralla Creek stormwater harvesting system in Croydon, which will save 13 megaliters of water through the use of alternative water to irrigate parks , with the government providing $ 1.57 million to the $ 2.59 million project.
Another example is the Beaufort Closed Loop Recycled Water Program of Central Highland Water and Pyrenees Shire, which will provide 88 megaliters of recycled water per year for sports and community facilities, with the government providing $ 1.4 million for the $ 2.8 million construction project.
The first round of the new grant program is now open for the Melbourne metropolis and the Victoria region. The grants also include a flexible, non-competitive funding stream for traditional homeowner groups as well as groups eligible for competitive funding streams.
For more information on grants, visit vic.gov.au/liveable/integrated-water-management-program.
We are ensuring that all Victorians have access to water in the future through our draft Sustainable Water Strategy for Central and Gippsland. The strategy describes ways to secure our water supply with options such as using more recycled water and storm water, desalination and reducing household water supply targets.
We are now seeking public comment to inform the final strategy, which will be released next year. You can provide feedback on the draft strategy at engage.vic.gov.au/central-and-gippsland-region-sustainable-water-strategy.
As stated by Water Minister Lisa Neville
“These grants encourage organizations to work together and activate open spaces that the community can enjoy, which is more important than ever with more and more people spending time outdoors.”
“We are strengthening our climate resilience by saving water through projects such as rainwater harvesting and increasing water recycling. “
“We need to adapt to our changing climate and increased demand for water – so that we can continue to support agriculture, industry and jobs while ensuring we have water for our purposes. environmental, cultural and recreational. “