- $30 million Watering WA initiative boosts grants for regional infrastructure
- Grants of up to $2 million to increase fit-for-purpose non-drinking water use
- Made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program
The Liberal National Government is offering increased grants of up to $2 million for dryland regional communities to develop water sources for community and industry use.
Water Minister Mia Davies has invited applications by November 30, 2016 for the first round of the $21.6 million Watering WA Towns grants program, a component of the new $30 million Watering WA initiative made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.
"Watering WA Towns expands the Community Water Supply Program grants - from a maximum of $100,000 per grant to up to $2 million - for local governments, community groups and businesses to co-invest in infrastructure to harvest, store, treat and distribute non-potable water for irrigation and community use," Ms Davies said.
"Watering WA will make hundreds of millions of litres of fit-for-purpose water available in our agricultural towns for purposes such as maintaining sports grounds and public spaces, industry supply, livestock requirements and emergency firefighting purposes.
"In the first two years, Watering WA will focus on dryland agricultural areas from the Mid-West to the Great Southern - areas that have an average annual rainfall of less than 600mm - before being expanded to include regional areas across the State."
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the unprecedented investment in non-drinking water projects was ultimately aimed at supporting long-term growth of regional areas.
"Regional areas support a variety of industries that contribute billions of dollars to the State's economy and Royalties for Regions is investing in the development of practical water supply works that help support regional areas as attractive places to live, work and invest," Mr Redman said.
- The three key delivery areas for Watering WA are regional towns ($21.6 million), farms and rural businesses ($4.4 million) and regional waterways ($4 million)
- Watering WA Towns accelerates the work of the Community Water Supply Program, which has funded 120 projects worth $5.5 million since 1996
- Watering WA also expands the Department of Water's existing Farm Water Rebate Scheme to include farms connected to scheme water, as well as increasing rebates for on-farm water supply improvements from $15,000 to $20,000 - continuing more than $36 million spent in the past two decades building on-farm capacity
- Visit http://www.water.wa.gov.au/wateringWA for details on Watering WA grant applications
Water Minister's office - 6552 5500
Regional Development Minister's office- 6552 6700
Table of Eligible Shires
|Broomehill- Tambellup||Dandaragan||Kellerberrin||Mt Marshall||Ravensthorpe||Williams|
|*The communities in the Chittering and Gingin shires are only eligible if they are east of the Brand Highway|||||||||||