Monday, April 22, 2024

Water security funding streams announced

The Victorian Government has announced $14.1 million in Integrated Water Management grants to boost water security across the state.

Minister for Water, Lisa Neville (pictured) said the grants would run over three years, with $11 million to go to infrastructure projects and the remainder earmarked for feasibility students and business case development.

“These grants encourage organisations to work together and activate open spaces for the community to enjoy, which is more important than ever with more people spending time outside,” Minister Neville said.

“We’re build our climate resilience by saving water through projects such as stormwater harvesting and increased water recycling.

“We need to adapt to our changing climate and increased demand for water – so we can continue supporting agriculture, industry and jobs while ensuring we have water for environmental, cultural and recreational use.”

She said the Integrated Water Management grants are open to more than 100 organisations including local government, Traditional Owner groups, water corporations and catchment management authorities.  

Successful projects from previous Integrated Water Management grants include Tarralla Creek Stormwater Harvesting System in Croydon, which will deliver 13 megalitres of water savings through use of alternative water to irrigate parkland with the Government providing $1.57 million towards the $2.59 million project.

Another example is the Beaufort Closed Loop Recycled Water Scheme by Central Highland Water and Pyrenees Shire, which will deliver 88 megalitres of recycled water per year for sporting and community facilities with the Government providing $1.4 million towards the $2.8 million construction project.

Round one of the new grants program has now opened for Metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria. The grants also include a dedicated non-competitive, flexible funding stream for Traditional Owner Groups as well as the groups being eligible for the competitive funding streams. 

For more information on the grants go to vic.gov.au/liveable/integrated-water-management-program

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