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12 new water saving infrastructure projects in the Murray Darling Basin
1 March 2010
Communities across the Murray Darling Basin will benefit from water saving infrastructure that helps their communities prepare for a future with less water.
The Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water, Senator Penny Wong, today announced 12 successful local government applicants would share in Australian Government funding of $25.03 million under the first round of the Water Savings Initiative component of the Strengthening Basin Communities program.
“Across the Basin, many communities are confronting the challenge of securing their water supplies in the face of continuing drought and climate change,” Senator Wong said.
“The Australian Government’s $200 million Strengthening Basin Communities program is helping local councils right across the Basin plan for a future with less water, and to invest in local water saving initiatives.
“We are working in partnership with governments and water service providers to deliver water saving infrastructure that secures a stronger future for Murray Darling Basin communities.”
In October 2009, local councils across the Basin were invited to submit proposals for projects which would improve urban water security by reducing the demand on potable supplies under the Strengthening Basin Communities program.
“Some of the key infrastructure measures that will be implemented by successful applicants include water reuse and recycling schemes, pipeline replacement and leak reduction programs, and other water saving schemes,” Senator Wong said.
“The Australian Government recognises the challenges faced by communities in the Murray Darling Basin in tackling water scarcity and we are committed to helping these communities prepare for a future with less water.”
This announcement confirms the commitment negotiated between the Rudd Government and Senator Nick Xenophon as part of the passage of the Nation Building and Jobs Plan through the Senate during 2009.
A list of the successful applicants is attached.
Senator Wong said that she anticipated a second round of the Water Saving Initiatives component of Strengthening Basin Communities will be announced during 2010-11, affording more local councils in the Murray Darling Basin the opportunity to apply for funding.
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Successful applicants under the Strengthening Basin Communities water savings initiative – Round 1
|Local Government/ Water Service Provider||State||Project Title||Funding ($)|
|Wakool Shire Council||NSW||Murray Downs raw water reuse scheme||400,000|
|Goldenfields Water County Council||NSW||Cowangs Reservoir to Bauloora Reservoir pipeline replacement||7,500,000|
|Griffith City Council||NSW||Griffith and villages water savings project||659,860|
|Narrandera Shire Council||NSW||Narrandera sewer reuse scheme||905,299|
|Coliban Region Water Corporation||VIC||Funding submission for Serpentine alternative water source||1,300,000|
|District Council of Loxton Waikerie||SA||Loxton water recycling scheme||1,120,000|
|Maranoa Regional Council||QLD||Maranoa Regional Council water saving initiatives program 2009||24,500|
|Lachlan Shire Council||NSW||Securing the water supply to Lake Cargelligo, Murrin Bridge, Tullibigeal and Kikiora townships||9,270,000|
|Central Highlands Region Water Corporation||VIC||Maryborough potable and raw water leak reduction, water main renewal and pressure reduction program||938,000|
|Bathurst Regional Council||NSW||Waterwise Bathurst – managing water loss through effective and efficient technology||126,524|
|Macedon Ranges Shire Council||VIC||Expansion of the Kyneton recycled water scheme including linking Kyneton open space||1,237,433|
|Young Shire Council||NSW||Young sewerage effluent reuse scheme||1,551,000|