- Shires of Gnowangerup and Williams to receive $66,642 in funding through the Community Water Supplies Partnership Program
- Over $800,000 in new funding for regional projects that improve local water supplies and assist communities with managing the impacts of climate change
The Shires of Gnowangerup and Williams will receive a total of $66,642 in funding under the fourth round of the Community Water Supplies Partnership Program.
The program provides regional communities in dryland agricultural areas with funding to improve their non-potable water supplies. A total of $3.2 million has been committed over four years through a collaboration between the Commonwealth and Western Australian Governments.
The fourth round of funding will deliver over $800,000 in funding for eleven projects across the Great Southern and Wheatbelt regions of WA.
Up to $100,000 can be provided for each off-farm community water supply project, developed by local government or community groups. Applicants must contribute 30 per cent of the total project value as a cash or in-kind contribution.
The Shire of Gnowangerup will receive $42,270 to install a 250-kilolitre capacity tank and solar pump at the Stutley Community agricultural area dam, so the shire can secure additional emergency water supplies. The Shire is contributing $21,000 towards this project.
The Shire of Williams will receive $24,372 to boost water supplies that provide emergency off-farm and firefighting water through the installation of a new water tank. The project will also reduce reliance on scheme water use in dry years. The Shire is contributing $12,186 to the project.
For more information on the Community Water Supplies Partnership Program, please visit www.wa.gov.au/service/building-utilities-and-essential-services/water-supply/community-water-supply-program
Comments attributed to Water Minister Simone McGurk:
"With the impacts of climate change becoming more evident, it is now more important than ever for regional communities to future-proof water security.
"This funding has provided significant assistance to local governments to increase water availability for their local communities.
"Congratulations to the Shires of Gnowangerup and Williams for improving water management in their community to help manage the impacts of climate change."
Minister's office - 6552 6600