Environment and Water | October 24, 2016

Sustainable water management grants open

The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy MP is encouraging local sporting clubs to apply for grants of up to $150,000 to implement sustainable water management practices at sporting and recreation facilities.

A total of $2.3 million is available for sporting clubs in 10 municipalities including the Hindmarsh, Horsham, Northern Grampians, West Wimmera and Yarriambiack Shires.

Ms Kealy called on the Andrew’s Labor Government in March 2016 to provide drought assistance funding to assist clubs with the cost of maintaining sporting and recreation facilities.

“Funding assistance is now available for projects such as harvesting rainwater, storm water or the use of recycled water for irrigating sports fields, planting drought resistant turf or the purchase of water efficient assets such as synthetic surfaces”, Ms Kealy said.

“As we know, local sporting and recreation facilities are incredibly important for our rural communities. They not only provide an opportunity for local people to keep fit, but also offer a forum for improved social connections and general wellbeing.

“Maintaining green facilities is a significant expense to our local clubs. The implementation of sustainable water management practices will help reduce water bills and alleviate financial pressures.

“Funding will help sporting clubs continue to maintain their important facilities, providing essential social connections and physical and mental health benefits to our country communities.

“I encourage all sporting and recreation clubs in the eligible municipalities to consider applying for one of these grants”, she said.

Applications for the Sustainable Water Fund – Community Sport and Recreation Program close on 10 November 2016.

Further information is available from the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning website www.delwp.com.au, by emailing sport.droughtsupport@delwp.vic.gov.au or calling 1300 366 356.

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