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Household water leaks targeted under new rebate initiative14206Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth 14200html8/07/2020 12:12:42 AM2020-07-07T23:05:00Z $100 rebate on residential water bills now available to metropolitan households The Leak Assist pilot program encourages action to fix leaky plumbing in the homeHouseholds are set to benefit from a $100 rebate on the cost of fixing water leaks under a new program targeting more than 135,000 metropolitan properties across Perth and Peel. Water Minister Dave Kelly today announced Water Corporation's Leak Assist pilot program encouraging action to repair household leaks. It also teaches people how to identify water leaks and puts them in touch with their local waterwise plumber. The initiative follows a recent water use study of more than 1,500 households across Perth and Peel which identified leaks in more than 17 per cent of properties. Delivered in collaboration with the Master Plumbers and Gasfitters Association of WA, the program is another water-saving initiative from the McGowan Government's Waterwise Perth Action Plan. This plan sets the direction for transitioning Perth to a waterwise city, and creating cool, liveable, green and sustainable communities for people to live, work and recreate. Eligible customers who have engaged a licensed plumber to repair a leak can apply for $100 rebate on the property's Water Corporation account. For more information visit https//www.watercorporation.com.au/Waterwise; and https//www.watercorporation.com.au/Help-and-advice/Water-issues/Leaks/Detect-a-leak Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Reducing household water use is a critical step in securing our fresh water future, particularly with declining rainfall and the pressure this puts on precious water supplies. "In some cases people may be unaware of leaks around their homes, while others are deterred from fixing them due to the perceived cost or general apathy about the issue. "The Leak Assist program addresses this by not only incentivising people to take action but also helping them learn to identify whether they have a leak and building better relationships with their local plumber." Minister's office - 6552 6100
State Government provides $180,000 to Kimberley community projects14200Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth 9460html7/07/2020 12:13:22 AM2020-07-06T22:00:00Z Water Corporation awards more than $80,000 to 12 community projects in the Kimberley A further $100,000 awarded to 22 not-for-profits impacted by COVID-19 Projects supporting children with special needs, caring for local wildlife and promoting cultural learning are among those to receive funding through the latest round of the Water Corporation's Kimberley Community Grants Scheme. Community grant recipients were announced at a special presentation evening in Broome last night. Round 5 will see 12 recipients share in more than $80,000 for important social and community projects across the region. Grants will help groups such as Native Animal Rescue Broome construct a marine life rehabilitation facility, fund repairs to the iconic Sailmaker's Shed and see the installation of therapeutic play equipment at Yiyili Aboriginal Community School. A further $100,000 was awarded to 22 local not-for-profit groups impacted by COVID-19 as part of the Water Corporation's Kimberley COVID-19 Community Relief Fund (Round 6). Among those to receive support were Kangaroo Haven Incorporation Kununurra, Wyndham Historical Society, Broome Aboriginal Media Association and Derby Sportsmen's Club. The unique scheme is delivered by Water Corporation in partnership with the Lions Club of Broome. It is funded through the sale of Rhodes grass hay produced at the Water Corporation's Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant. For more information, visit https//www.watercorporation.com.au/ Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Congratulations to each worthy recipient in the Water Corporation's Kimberley Community Grants Scheme, which since 2016 has directed over $365,000 into important grassroots projects across the region. "Round 5 attracted a record number of applicants and saw the highest monetary contribution in the scheme's four-year history. "It was particularly heartening to see such a significant contribution to local not-for-profit groups impacted by COVID-19. "Through this contribution, the Water Corporation and the WA Government are supporting local organisations so that they may continue making a positive difference to communities across the Kimberley." Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Josie Farrer "Through initiatives like the Kimberley Community Grants Scheme, not-for-profit groups are able to undertake projects that contribute greatly to the fabric of life in regional communities. "There are some incredibly worthy recipients in the latest rounds of funding, and I look forward to seeing each project take shape in the near future." Minister's office - 6552 6100 Projects supported by Round 5 of the Kimberley Community Grants Scheme Group and location Grant Initiative Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Corporation $10,000 Convert a sea container to unisex ablution facilities for use in the Aboriginal trainee program. Waringarri Aboriginal Arts $4,500 Create a cultural garden inspired by native plant knowledge to support cultural learning and develop creative expression. Broome Bird Observatory $2,150 Establish a waterwise garden at the Discovery Centre to attract native birds and wildlife and provide a shaded area for visitors. Broome Horse Riders Club Inc $10,000 Upgrade ageing water infrastructure at Broome Rodeo Grounds to encourage better waterwise practices. Kununurra Community Garden $8,000 Upcycle grow beds and educate Kununurra families in gardening activities to build community resilience and create local food security. Native Animal Rescue Broome $10,000 Fund a purpose-built facility to enable veterinarians and volunteers to rehabilitate vulnerable marine turtles and other marine animals. Incredible Edible Broome $5,000 Publish 'The Guide to Gardening Broome', a comprehensive guide to gardening in the Broome climate. Broome Historical Society $4,250 Fund repairs to Broome's iconic Sailmaker's Shed. Yiyili Aboriginal Community School $10,000 Install a playground with therapeutic play equipment to benefit children with special needs. Cable Beach Primary School $9.500 Transform a vast, underutilised section of playground into an inviting nature play space for children. St Mary's College Broome $1,500 Fund an artistic program to design and highlight bins across the school to minimise littering. Kununurra Historical Society $6,000 Develop a video series sharing local Kununurra history. Organisations to receive funding through the Kimberley COVID-19 Community Relief Fund (Round 6) Group and location Grant Initiative Broome Lotteries House $7,500 Provide support for insurance costs. Kununurra Campdraft and Rodeo Association $2,500 Provide support for operational costs. Ord Valley Events Incorporated Kununurra $2,500 Provide support for operational costs. Kangaroo Haven Incorporation $5,000 Provide support for operational costs. Broome Motocross $5,000 Provide support for operational costs. Broome Aboriginal Media Association $7,210 To fund live music "Gimme Sessions" to support the local Broome arts sector. Broome Community Resource Centre $10,000 Provide support for operational costs. Broome Bird Observatory $2,500 Provide support for operational costs. Lioness Club of Broome $2,712 Provide rental support and community donations. Wyndham Historical Society $1,149 Provide support for insurance costs. Broome Men's Shed $5,000 Provide support for insurance and equipment. SAFE Broome $5,473.22 Provide support for operational costs. Broome Historical Society $8,000 Provide support for insurance costs. Lions Club of Broome $3,585 To fund a replacement trailer for fundraising purposes. Incredible Edible Broome $4,955 Provide support for insurance costs and to fund trailer registration and maintenance. Kununurra Community Garden $2,045.78 Provide support for insurance and operational costs. Derby Animal Welfare $4,300 Provide support for operational costs. KANE Inc $5,000 Provide support for operational costs. Crazy Crocs Playgroup Kununurra $2,000 Provide activity packs for community. Derby Sportsman's Club $10,000 Provide support for operational costs. Dinosaur Coast $1,200 Provide support for insurance costs. Kununurra Toy and Puzzle Library $2,370 Provide support for operational costs.
Local governments leading the way towards a Waterwise WA14169Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth 11700html2/07/2020 12:23:28 AM2020-07-01T23:00:00Z All 32 metropolitan local governments now participating in Waterwise Council Program 42 local governments across WA now endorsed through the programWater Minister Dave Kelly has commended local governments for their commitment to developing sustainable, liveable communities and leading the way towards a Waterwise WA. The Western Australian Government's Waterwise Perth Action Plan sets the direction for transitioning Perth to a leading waterwise city by 2030. Today marks a milestone towards achieving the plan's targets, with all metropolitan local governments now participating in the Waterwise Council Program. The program encourages councils to adopt waterwise principals with free education resources, data loggers to assist with leak detection and access to greening scheme funding up to $10,000. The Minister extended his congratulations to the Town of East Fremantle, Shire of Peppermint Grove and City of Wanneroo for being officially endorsed as Waterwise Councils in 2020. The Town of Cottesloe, Shire of Murray, City of Wanneroo and Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale achieved Gold recognition for the first time in 2020. Gold recognition is awarded for innovation and leadership in the pursuit of creating waterwise communities, with 22 metropolitan local governments achieving the standard. The Waterwise Perth Action Plan's target is for all metropolitan local governments to be recognised as Gold by 2030. For the cities of Melville, Kalamunda and Kwinana, 2020 marks 10 years within the Waterwise Council Program. To commemorate this achievement, each will be presented with a sustainable park bench, designed and made in WA. The Waterwise Council Program is a partnership between Water Corporation and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation. For more information, visit http//www.watercorporation.com.au Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Thank you to local governments across Western Australia for continuing to show leadership to their communities through the Waterwise Council Program. "Waterwise councils promote the valuable role of water in creating liveable, vibrant and healthy communities. "It is especially pleasing to see all metropolitan local governments now participating in the program, marking an important milestone as we move towards targets in the plan. "I encourage all local governments across Western Australia to commit to the Waterwise Council Program. Climate change is real and local governments have an important role to play in our State's waterwise future." Minister's office - 6552 6700 Waterwise Council Program 2020 recognitions Newly endorsed Waterwise Councils Town of East Fremantle Shire of Peppermint Grove City of Wanneroo Waterwise Councils recognised for 10 years as part of the program City of Melville City of Kalamunda City of Kwinana Waterwise Councils recognised as Gold for the first time in 2020 Town of Cottesloe Shire of Murray City of Wanneroo Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale Waterwise Councils recognised as a repeat Gold in 2020 City of Bayswater (4 years) Town of Victoria Park (4 years) City of Vincent (4 years) City of Kwinana (4 years) City of Mandurah (4 years) City of Cockburn (4 years) City of Joondalup (4 years) City of Perth (4 years) City of Subiaco (4 years) Town of Bassendean (3 years) Town of Cambridge (3 years) City of Canning (3 years) City of Swan (3 years) City of Rockingham (2 years) City of Fremantle (2 years) Town of Mosman Park (2 years) City of Stirling (2 years) Shire of Mundaring (2 years)
Future Drought Fund a lost opportunity for WA14082Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Ports 14670html1/07/2020 1:42:40 AM2020-07-01T01:40:00Z ​Federal Government's first $100 million Future Drought Fund allocation bypasses critical WA projects While any Federal drought funding is welcomed, program represents a lost opportunity for WA farmers in need of long-term drought supportWhile any Federal Government funding for drought resilience is welcomed by the State Government, the Federal Government's first $100 million allocation from its Future Drought Fund has bypassed critical Western Australia projects and will not deal with systemic drought in WA. Today's announcement from the Federal Government follows a consultative process, in which the Western Australian Government submitted four high priority projects for funding consideration. WA's submission included research and development projects to regenerate degraded and dehydrated lands, projects to prove and promote on-farm desalination, a boost to Strategic Community Water Supplies in the grainbelt and support for horticulture on the Gnangara Mound. The Federal Government has chosen not to prioritise these critical projects in its first funding allocation, instead funding a range of planning exercises, training programs and networking opportunities. Despite its disappointment with the outcome, the McGowan Government will work with the Federal Government to deliver programs in WA, and will continue to push for projects to deal with systemic dry conditions in WA. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "While any funding from the Federal Government is welcome, this is a lost opportunity for WA farmers. "The projects we proposed offered real, on-the-ground solutions to long-term, systemic dry conditions across WA's pastoral and agricultural regions. "These projects would make a difference for WA farmers, pastoralists and regional communities. "Unfortunately, it is difficult to see this first $100 million allocation helping to solve the chronic drought issues facing our farmers." Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Once again, the Federal Liberals and Nationals are ignoring the needs of Western Australia. "This is a disappointing outcome for WA farmers and for regional communities, who know that climate change is drying out our State and who are looking for long-term solutions. "We will continue to fight for a fair share of drought and water infrastructure funding for WA, to deliver the support and change our State needs as the impacts of climate change worsen." Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6200Water Minister's office - 6552 6100
Water charges relief for regional businesses affected by COVID-1914168Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth 12330html1/07/2020 1:53:10 AM2020-06-30T23:00:00Z Delay to increases to non-residential water charges across 10 regional schemes Prevents an average 11.6 per cent increase to provide further COVID-19 financial relief Follows the waiver on wastewater service charges for eligible business customers worth up to $41,000 Regional businesses will benefit from a delay to planned increases in non-residential water charges across 10 regional schemes. Water Corporation non-residential water charges in regional Western Australia comprise of a uniform State-wide meter-based service charge, and a consumption charge that varies based on location (referred to as 'steps'). After a 2013-14 review of regional non-residential charges, the former Liberal National Government decided that customers in a number of regional areas were not paying the correct price for water. Since that review, charges for non-residential customers in a number of regional schemes have been increasing, rising by one step per year. Under the Barnett Government plan, from July 1, 2020 customers in the following 10 schemes would have another one step increase in their water charges Cervantes Cunderdin Dunsborough/Yallingup Fitzroy Crossing Hamel/Waroona Nilgen Porongurup Prevelly Yarloop/Wagerup Northam The McGowan Government will defer this increase as part of its support package to assist businesses and the community through the financial impacts of COVID-19. This decision prevents an average 11.6 per cent increase for non-residential customers in these areas. For example, water charges for businesses in Cervantes during 2020-21 will be $7.40 per kilolitre instead of $8.06 per kilolitre. Where business charges do not cover Water Corporation's costs, the difference is funded by an operating subsidy paid by the WA Government. In 2018-19 the State Government subsidised $255 million for Water Corporation's country water, sewerage and drainage operations. This relief measure for business customers is in addition to the previously announced measures including a significant waiver of wastewater charges for businesses in hardship which has allowed eligible businesses to receive up to $41,000 of relief. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "The economic impact of COVID-19 is being felt across the business community, but none more so than in regional WA. "This decision by the McGowan Government to defer this long-planned increase, averaging 11.6 per cent, to water charges will provide additional support to businesses in these areas. "This follows the waiver on wastewater service charges for business customers with four or more major fixtures worth up to $41,000, to help Water Corporation business customers financially recover from the COVID-19 pandemic." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Water deficiency declared in the Shire of Esperance - Cascade area12254Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth 12680html16/06/2020 6:33:26 AM2020-06-16T06:25:00Z Water deficiency declared for the Cascade area in the Shire of Esperance Government to cart water for animal welfare in affected area Water Minister Dave Kelly has today declared a water deficiency in the Cascade area in the Shire of Esperance and announced the State Government will begin carting water tomorrow (June 17) for emergency water supplies for animal welfare needs. This is the 12th declaration since May 2019 and follows an application from the Shire of Esperance on behalf of five farmers in the Cascade area. A declaration is made as a last resort, after continued dry conditions due to climate change have depleted on-farm and State Government managed community water supplies. The declaration will see the State Government cart an estimated 640 kilolitres of water each week from the Water Corporation's scheme at Norseman in the Goldfields region. Water will be delivered to mobile tanks on Cascade oval, opposite the Cascade Primary School, reducing the distance farmers need to travel to source emergency livestock water. Water carting arrangements are being managed by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, with support from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and the Water Corporation. Water deficiencies have also been declared in the shires of Ravensthorpe (Mount Short and West River area), Lake Grace (in the Mallee Hill area and Ardler Road area), Kent (Hollands Rock and South Kent), Jerramungup (Grass Patch and Gairdner), Esperance (Grass Patch and Salmon Gums) and Dumbleyung (Kukerin). Water being carted under water deficiency declarations is strictly for emergency livestock and, if required, local firefighting emergencies. Farmers requiring crop spray water are encouraged to access scheme standpipes for this purpose and should contact their Shire or visit the Water Corporation's website for scheme standpipe locations. In light of continuing water shortages and the need to conserve this precious water resource, farmers who are carting livestock water are encouraged to cart to closed storages or tanks, rather than into dams where water losses are high through evaporation. For season 2020 farming advice, business information and the Support Services Directory, visit http//www.agric.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "This Government has made, and will continue to make, significant investment into strategic community water infrastructure. The McGowan Government has spent around $1.5 million on developing and upgrading 37 community water supplies in the south-east wheatbelt (dryland agriculture communities) in the last 12 months. "This is the second water deficiency declaration in the past week and the 12th concurrent declaration in just over a year. "The impact of climate change on reducing rainfall in this region is clear in our south-eastern region; from Grass Patch and Kukerin to Lake Grace and now Cascade. "Like these other areas with declarations already in place, Cascade has been especially dry over the past two years. "According to rainfall figures from the Bureau of Meteorology's Kanga Downs Station, located 5.8 kilometres from Cascade, the area has experienced two consecutive years of well-below average rainfall. "Normally averaging 400 millimetres, the past two years have seen consecutive record low levels of rainfall (212 millimetres in 2019 and 302 millimetres in 2018)."   Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "This 12th water deficiency declaration highlights the climatic challenges facing our farmers, who are doing their best to employ sustainable land use strategies to remain viable. "While there has been widespread rainfall in recent weeks, there simply has not been enough to produce runoff into dams. "This is a unique situation to have so many water deficiency declarations over such a wide area of the grainbelt, and we are working together with industry and government agencies to assist landholders to adapt to a changing climate." Water Minister's office - 6552 6100 Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6200
Water deficiency declared in the Shire of Jerramungup - Gairdner area12234Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth 14400html10/06/2020 9:04:54 AM2020-06-10T09:00:00Z Water deficiency declared for Gairdner district in the Shire of Jerramungup Government to cart water for animal welfare in affected area Gairdner in the Shire of Jerramungup has become Western Australia's 11th water deficiency declaration since May 2019, highlighting the significant impact climate change is having on rainfall in the Great Southern agricultural region. Water Minister Dave Kelly today announced that the State Government will begin carting water from Friday, June 12 for emergency water supplies for animal welfare needs. The official declaration follows an application from the Shire of Jerramungup on behalf of 10 farmers in the Gairdner farming area, located over 40 kilometres west of Jerramungup. A declaration is made as a last resort after continued dry conditions have depleted on-farm and local community water supplies. The declaration will initially see up to 660 kilolitres of water carted each week to two 75,000 litre mobile water tanks at the Co-operative Bulk Handling's (CBH) site on South Coast Highway, Gairdner while a longer-term site is prepared. This will significantly reduce the distance farmers need to travel to source emergency livestock water. Water will be sourced from the Great Southern Towns Water Supply Scheme and from the Water Corporation's Bolganup Dam. Water carting arrangements are being managed by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation with support from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and the Water Corporation. Water deficiencies have also been declared in the shires of Ravensthorpe (Mount Short and West River area), Lake Grace (in the Mallee Hill area and Ardler Road area), Kent (Hollands Rock and South Kent), Jerramungup North and Esperance (Grass Patch and Salmon Gums) and Dumbleyung (Kukerin). Water being carted under water deficiency declarations is strictly for emergency livestock and, if required, local firefighting emergencies. Farmers requiring crop spray water are encouraged to access scheme standpipes for this purpose, and should contact their shire or visit the Water Corporation's website for scheme standpipe locations. In light of continuing water shortages and the need to conserve this precious resource, farmers who are carting livestock water are encouraged to cart to closed storages or tanks rather than into dams where water losses are high through evaporation. For season 2020 farming advice, business information and the Support Services Directory, visit http//www.agric.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "The Great Southern agricultural region is experiencing extremely dry conditions following two years of well-below average annual rainfall. These conditions have led to an unprecedented 11 water deficiency declarations. "According to rainfall figures from the Bureau of Meteorology, Gairdner Station has experienced two consecutive years of rainfall well below their annual average of 450mm (319mm in 2019 and 294mm in 2018). "The 2018 figure is its third-lowest rainfall figure on record. While there has been some recent rainfall in the area, it has not alleviated the need for water carting. "The 11 concurrent water deficiencies now in place across the region emphasise that the Great Southern agricultural region is one of the most impacted places on the planet for reduced rainfall due to climate change. "We have never before seen such a high demand for water carting in the State, with carting costs for water deficiency declarations at more than $2.8 million as of the end of May 2020. "In addition, the State Government has invested more than $1.5 million in 37 projects designed to improve community water supplies, including work on dams, catchments and bores. "The State is calling on the Federal Government to support an expansion of this important work through the new Future Drought Fund." Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "While the season has broken across much of the agricultural region, areas on the south coast are still experiencing significantly below average rainfall, which is impacting broad acre agribusinesses. "This water deficiency declaration will provide livestock producers in the Gairdner district with relief, so they can look after the welfare of their animals and streamline their farm business operations by reducing the time, effort and cost of carting water." Comment attributed to Albany MLA Peter Watson "We will continue to work with landholders affected by below-average rainfall, providing information and support about how to best navigate the season ahead." Water Minister's office - 6552 6100 Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6200
$19 million upgrade to Margaret River wastewater facility complete9746Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth 13830html4/06/2020 6:22:08 AM2020-06-04T06:00:00Z Margaret River Wastewater Treatment Plant has received a $19 million upgrade Upgrade doubled capacity of existing plant to treat up to three million litres per day As a Western Australian-first innovation, any remaining solids are also converted into soil improver making the facility 100 per cent re-use McGowan Government plans to invest $50.4 million in water and wastewater projects in the South-West region in 2019-20 As part of the McGowan Government's commitment to invest in and support regional towns, major upgrades have been completed to the Water Corporation's Margaret River wastewater facility to cater for future growth. The $19 million upgrade to double the plant's capacity enables the facility to safely and efficiently treat up to three million litres of wastewater per day. The upgrade comprised new treatment equipment, tanks and an additional storage tank. A new regional depot was also constructed onsite for vital work crew. Australian-owned company Guidera O'Connor completed the upgrade and 13 local South-West companies were subcontracted to help complete the work. More than 250 Western Australian workers were employed throughout the duration of the project. The treated water is re-used to irrigate green public open space in the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River and/or on a nearby Government-owned tree plantation. Any remaining solids are also converted into soil improver, making the facility 100 per cent re-use. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "The south-west pocket of Western Australia is one of the most impacted places on the planet by climate change and lack of rainfall, so it's imperative we have safe and reliable alternatives to support the community's water needs. "It's great to see local resources and the skills and expertise of the local workforce utilised to deliver the project on time and under budget - an excellent achievement on such a large scale project." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Healthy outcomes for Great Southern estuaries with $7 million funding boost9629Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth 16050html4/06/2020 3:05:15 AM2020-06-04T03:05:00Z New funding for community developed restoration program with Torbay Catchment Group Ongoing funding to reduce nutrients entering Wilson Inlet and Oyster Harbour Torbay Catchment Group announced as new community partner The McGowan Government will provide $7 million over four years from the Healthy Estuaries WA program to improve water quality and restore the values of three south coast estuaries. Torbay Inlet has been recognised as having significant value to the Great Southern community and the Torbay Catchment Group will receive funding as one of the new partners of the Healthy Estuaries WA program. This partnership will support farmers to take actions to reduce nutrient input to the Torbay Estuary, as a key action identified in the Torbay Restoration Plan. Managed by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, Healthy Estuaries WA will continue partnerships with more than 10 organisations across Western Australia, delivering strategic outcomes, supporting the economic growth of the regions and working to manage the effects of climate change on our waterways. Funding for the four-year $25 million program will support the restoration and management of estuaries in the Peel, South-West and Great Southern regions. $7 million of this funding has been allocated to the Great Southern region, which includes an ongoing partnership with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development to reduce the nutrient runoff from farms for the Wilson Inlet and Oyster Harbour, while supporting farm productivity. The Healthy Estuaries WA program will directly employ more than 70 people delivering projects, with the majority living and working in regional areas. Delivery of the program will also support local businesses in the provision of goods and services, including technical services such as soil testing and clay manufacture. As well as reducing nutrient inputs from priority catchments, Healthy Estuaries WA will use the latest science to monitor and effectively manage waterways, and continue to build collaboration between community, scientists, government and industry. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "I am pleased to welcome another partner, Torbay Catchment Group, to the Healthy Estuaries WA program. "More than 80 per cent of the Western Australian population lives around our estuaries making them one of our most valuable environmental, economic and recreational assets. "While there are 166 estuaries in Western Australia, it is the estuaries in the south-west of the State that are the most heavily impacted by housing, agriculture, industry and recreation. "The future of effective estuarine and catchment management in the south-west will rely heavily on continued community support and effective engagement with estuary stakeholders." Comment attributed to Albany MLA Peter Watson "I think it's very important to reduce the nutrients entering our waterways and I'd like to congratulate the Torbay Catchment Group on the continuous efforts they've made over a long period of time." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Pipeline to secure Denmark’s drinking water supply delivers local jobs9545Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth 19950html4/06/2020 1:31:20 AM2020-06-04T01:30:00Z 50 local jobs for the Great Southern region Albany-based Aboriginal business 'Impact Services' has been engaged to assist with developing employment opportunities for Aboriginal people $4.8 million will be invested in the Great Southern region through the hiring of local workers and use of local materials and services Water Minister Dave Kelly has announced the Water Corporation is on track to deliver the pipeline from Albany to Denmark in early 2021. The project, which aims to secure Denmark's long-term water security, will connect Denmark to the Lower Great Southern Towns Water Supply Scheme in Albany. It is now expected to cost $25 million Georgiou has been appointed as the head contractor to build the new pipeline, with subcontractor opportunities promoted through local industry channels and the project's webpage attracting more than 60 registrations from local companies. During construction, more than $4.8 million of the $25 million project will be invested in the Great Southern region through the hiring of local sub-contractors and use of local materials and services. This will create 50 local jobs in the Great Southern region. Albany-based Aboriginal business Impact Services has also been engaged to assist with developing employment opportunities for Aboriginal people as part of this work. Over the past few months, Water Corporation has been working closely with relevant government agencies and landowners between Albany and Denmark to determine the most suitable pipeline route with minimal environment impact. Through this work and design improvements, the expected cost of the project has been reduced by $7 million. The proposed route will connect the pipeline at Chorkerup Tank, 30 kilometres north of Albany, then follow the road reserve west along Wilcox Road, Redmond Road West, Kernutts Road, and a small section of Denmark-Mount Barker Road, connecting to the existing tank supplying water to Denmark at Scotsdale, subject to final approvals. In September 2019, the McGowan Government announced the necessary and urgent project to secure Denmark's long-term water supply, with the town's local dam levels continuing to lower due to the impacts of climate change resulting in declining rainfall and reduced streamflow. Construction is expected to begin next month (July 2020) and finish in early 2021, subject to completion of final approvals. Find out more at http//www.watercorporation.com.au/waterwisedenmark Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "The McGowan Government, is on track to deliver a long-term water supply solution for Denmark. "This pipeline will mean Denmark's water supply will no longer be solely reliant on rainfall into local dams which, like many areas in the Great Southern Region, has been significantly impacted by climate change. "I am pleased that the successful contractor, Georgiou, will sub-contract to a range of local businesses, supporting jobs in the Great Southern region. "The Water Corporation continues to work closely with the Denmark community to save water through the Waterwise Towns Program and water use letter program. This summer, the Denmark community saved an additional nine million litres of water compared to last summer - an outstanding achievement." Comments attributed to Albany MLA Peter Watson "The McGowan Government is committed to creating jobs for Western Australians and I'm pleased to see 50 local jobs created in the Great Southern region, including Albany as part of this new project." Minister's office - 6552 6100
A decade of water saving celebrated as annual Winter Sprinkler Switch-off returns for 20209313Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth 13150html29/05/2020 12:25:45 AM2020-05-28T21:15:00Z The annual Winter Sprinkler Switch-off has saved around 45 billion litres of water since introduced as a permanent water efficiency measure a decade ago Residents in Perth, Mandurah and parts of the South-West and Great Southern reminded to switch off their sprinklers on June 1 Water savings in 2019 were equivalent to more than 2,220 Olympic swimming pools Households and businesses across Perth, Mandurah and parts of the South-West and Great Southern are being reminded to help save billions of litres of precious water by turning off their sprinklers this winter. The annual Winter Sprinkler Switch-off is a permanent water efficiency initiative, requiring scheme and domestic bore users to turn off their sprinklers from June 1 to August 31 when lawns and gardens require less watering. Last year, the program saved around five billion litres of water - the equivalent of 2,222 Olympic swimming pools or enough to fill Optus Stadium five times. Waterwise residents across Perth and southern coastal areas strongly support the Winter Sprinkler Switch-off, with around 45 billion litres of water saved since the program was introduced in 2010. The Water Corporation has made it easy to learn if your suburb is included by visiting http//www.watercorporation.com.au/wintersprinklerswitchoff and searching your postcode. The Switch-off applies to both scheme and bore water users, however hand watering is permitted and some exemptions may apply. In areas of Western Australia not subject to the switch-off, normal watering rosters and daytime sprinkler bans still apply. For details on how the Switch-off applies to bore and licensed water users go to http//www.dwer.wa.gov.au/water Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Each winter, tens of thousands of WA households demonstrate their commitment to the waterwise message by turning off their sprinklers and saving billions of litres of precious water. "In fact, the Winter Sprinkler Switch-off has saved around 45 billion litres of water since 2010 and that's something we should all be extremely proud of. "However, the job isn't over. We know that climate change is real and it's having a major impact on the amount of rainfall flowing into our dams each year. "We all have a responsibility to help conserve water, and the simple act of turning your sprinklers off when they're not needed can save around five billion litres of water each winter. "To ensure future generations continue to enjoy a secure, sustainable water supply, the McGowan Government through the Water Corporation is investigating new climate-independent water sources and increasing water recycling. It's also encouraging Western Australians to reduce their water use through a range of initiatives like the Winter Sprinkler Switch-off." Minister's office - 6552 6100 ​
Water Corporation moves to greener fleet with electric vehicles9307Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth 18510html28/05/2020 2:02:52 AM2020-05-28T02:00:00Z The first two battery electric vehicles have been introduced at the Water Corporation Up to 40 per cent of Water Corporation's metropolitan passenger vehicle fleet will be replaced by electric vehicles over the next five years Delivers on Water Corporation's continuing commitment to environmental improvement and sustainability Water Corporation is today introducing two full-electric vehicles (EVs), the first of a wider commitment to further reducing carbon emissions and minimising its environmental footprint. This is another step to Water Corporation achieving its target of becoming a zero net greenhouse gas emission utility by 2050. Water Corporation currently has 102 passenger vehicles in its metropolitan fleet, including 30 hybrid EVs. Over the next five years, the Corporation will transition up to 40 percent of its metropolitan fleet to EV as existing vehicles in the fleet are renewed. At the end of each EV fleet lease, vehicles will be turned over to the second hand car market. This will assist in building the second hand EV market in Western Australia; improving affordability and stimulating demand for model availability. Two Hyundai Konas are now available to Water Corporation employees for daily tasks in the metropolitan area. These EVs are fully powered by an on-board battery and have the capacity to travel 449km on a single charge. The EVs have a 5-star ANCAP Safety Rating and will also be future fitted with In-vehicle Safety Assist - a new Water Corporation system designed to promote safe driving behaviours. Charging stations have been installed at Water Corporation's Leederville office to enable the vehicles to be charged when not in use. Further charging stations will be installed as the number of EVs in the Corporation's fleet increases. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "The move to increase the number of EVs in the Water Corporation's fleet reflects their commitment to seeking out new and innovative ways of reducing its carbon footprint. "I commend Water Corporation for its approach to responsible environmental stewardship, and being an early adopter in taking up EVs as part of its fleet. "Water Corporation's commitment supports a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that I signed in 2018 on behalf of the WA Government with other Australian jurisdictions to identify opportunities to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles." Minister's office - 6552 5977
Wastewater charge relief for Water Corporation business customers to help boost COVID-19 economic recovery9123Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth 30500html27/05/2020 2:05:59 AM2020-05-27T02:05:00Z Businesses with four or more wastewater fixtures may be eligible to have their service charges waived for the period of May 1-August 31, 2020 Measure targets hospitality and tourism providers most affected by COVID-19 Charges from four to 200 fixtures will be waived for all businesses who are eligible for JobKeeper paymentsWater Minister Dave Kelly today announced a new measure to further help Water Corporation customers financially recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The additional assistance will provide relief to Western Australian businesses most impacted by COVID-19, and help support the State's economy to recover. Wastewater service charges are applied to commercial customers based on the customer's number of major fixtures (toilet, urinal or pan washer). This longstanding wastewater tariff structure is considered the most equitable way of sharing the significant costs of meeting 'peak demand'. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on businesses across the State and providing relief to fixed wastewater service charges is one of the ways the McGowan Government is assisting businesses as we continue the process of restarting the State's economy. Businesses who are eligible for JobKeeper payments with four or more fixtures can apply to have their wastewater service charges waived (fourth to 200th fixture inclusive) for the period of May 1, 2020 to August 31, 2020. Businesses can receive up to approximately $41,000 in relief through this measure. The measure is estimated to cost the State Budget $5.5 million. The scheme will be implemented on an application basis via the Water Corporation's website or by calling its customer contact centre. Applications will open from June 2, 2020. Today's announcement comes on top of the $1.8 billion in stimulus and economic relief measures the McGowan Government has invested in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "We are providing wastewater charge relief to the Western Australian business community, particularly regional tourism accommodation providers, who have been doing it tough. "Necessary measures put in place to contain COVID-19 have presented unprecedented challenges to many in the tourism sector. "Our announcement today will see eligible businesses have their wastewater service charges significantly reduced, which I hope will provide more confidence as travel restrictions are removed. "This further commitment is only possible due to our Government's disciplined financial management, which has put us in a strong position on what will be a long road of recovery." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Green light for world-leading renewable hydrogen from wastewater project9079Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth 31040html26/05/2020 1:02:58 AM2020-05-26T01:00:00Z Australian-first project to produce renewable hydrogen and graphite from wastewater Water Corporation and WA company Hazer Group have partnered to develop the technology for commercial use Supports the McGowan Government's Renewable Hydrogen Strategy to foster growth in the WA hydrogen industry For the first time in Australia, a project is in the pipeline to produce low-emission hydrogen and graphite from sewage at a wastewater treatment plant. Water Minister Dave Kelly and Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan announced the project today for Western Australian-based technology company, Hazer Group to use waste gas (biogas) for its world-leading hydrogen and graphite production process. The three-year operation at Woodman Point Wastewater Treatment Plant in Munster will produce around 100 tonnes of fuel-grade hydrogen and 380 tonnes of graphite each year, with the potential for expansion. The project is expected to create up to 20 new jobs and help sustain more than 100 others in the contractor and supply chain. The technology capitalises on the waste product of biogas - primarily composed of methane and carbon dioxide - which is released during the wastewater treatment process as solid matter (biosolids) breaks down. While most of this renewable fuel is currently used to produce electricity for the treatment plant, the excess is usually burned off - now it will be converted into valuable materials using an iron ore catalyst. The technology was developed at The University of Western Australia before being acquired by Hazer Group. Hydrogen has a wide range of industrial and commercial uses, including vehicle fuel and chemical feedstock. Graphite has potential for a number of industrial applications, such as the production of lithium-ion batteries, water purification and advanced materials. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Excess gas produced during the wastewater treatment process is currently burned off but this innovative technology will instead use it to create low-emission hydrogen and graphite. "This will help decarbonise the Water Corporation's operations to further support its sustainability objectives, while generating additional revenue and staff training opportunities. "I commend the Water Corporation for partnering with Hazer Group to facilitate this renewable waste-to-energy scheme." Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan "Hydrogen is an increasingly important renewable fuel source, and this world-leading project will showcase our State's capability in the hydrogen industry through the commercialisation of a technology developed right here in WA. "The Hazer Group's project aligns perfectly with the McGowan Government's Renewable Hydrogen Strategy, set up to position WA as a major producer, user and exporter of renewable hydrogen. "This initiative represents an important first step towards kick-starting renewable hydrogen production capacity and driving the use of zero-emissions transport fuel for buses, heavy trucking, waste collection, and light vehicle fleets. "In partnership with the City of Mandurah, Hazer Group is also exploring plans to establish WA's first refuelling infrastructure hub with a grant from the WA Renewable Hydrogen Fund." Water Minister's office - 6552 6100 Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
Local artist helps make a colourful splash in Mount Hawthorn8888Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth 16370html22/05/2020 1:09:20 AM2020-05-22T01:00:00Z Everyday wastewater pump station in Mount Hawthorn given a colourful makeover through Water Corporation's Splash of Colour program The pump station is one of more than 40 electrical cabinets and pump stations to be transformed into public artwork The McGowan Government, through the Water Corporation, is transforming everyday water and wastewater pump stations and electrical cabinets into vibrant pieces of community art through its Splash of Colour program. Local Mount Hawthorn resident and talented artist Pippa Scheepers was commissioned to transform the pump station adjacent to Lynton Street Reserve into a meaningful work of art for the community to enjoy. The artwork is a lively scene inspired by flora and fauna at nearby Lake Monger and features fish playfully jumping from the water as well as Eastern Great Egret birds. So far, more than 40 wastewater pump stations and electrical cabinets in Western Australia have been transformed through the program. Track the progress of the program on social media by following #SplashofColourWA Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "It's fantastic to see the Splash of Colour program continue to enhance the liveability and vibrancy of local neighbourhoods while educating the community about the important role water plays in the future of Western Australia. "I commend Pippa Scheepers on her fantastic work transforming this functional asset into something that is not only striking, but reflects the local community's connection to water. "I hope the colourful community mural brightens the day of those who pass by, while serving as a reminder of the importance of conserving and protecting our water and waterways." Comment attributed to Perth MLA John Carey "This mural project will lighten the whole park and make it a more attractive place to visit. It's a simple but effective boost." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Water Corporation supports Kimberley through new COVID-19 Community Relief Fund7101Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth 18430html12/05/2020 1:29:00 AM2020-05-12T01:15:00Z Grants to support not-for-profit organisations and community groups across the Kimberley that have been financially impacted by COVID-19 Grants of up to $10,000 are available through Water Corporation's COVID-19 Community Relief FundThe Water Corporation has launched a one-off round of grants to support not-for-profit organisations and community groups across the Kimberley that have been financially impacted by COVID-19. Grants of up to $10,000 are available through the COVID-19 Community Relief Fund, which is an extension of the Kimberley Community Grants Scheme, delivered by the Water Corporation and the Lions Club of Broome. To find out how to apply for a grant and eligibility criteria for the COVID-19 Community Relief Fund, visit the Water Corporation's website at http//www.watercorporation.com.au/kcgrants Applications for the COVID-19 Community Relief Fund close at 4pm (AWST) on Friday June 5, 2020. Funding for grants is generated by the sale of Rhodes Grass hay, which is produced by the Water Corporation as an environmentally friendly way of disposing of Broome's recycled wastewater. Since 2016, the Kimberley Community Grants Scheme has provided $185,807 back to the community, funding 30 projects across the Kimberley. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "We know it's a challenging time, so in response the Water Corporation is opening a one-off round of funding to support not-for-profit organisations helping those in need. "The COVID-19 Community Relief Fund will support eligible groups and organisations across the Kimberley experiencing financial hardship as a result of the pandemic, as well as those who wish to expand their services to further support the community. "These grants will support not-for-profit groups and organisations to continue to make a positive difference on the ground in the Kimberley community." Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Josie Farrer "We have a wide range of not-for-profit organisations in the Kimberley who do tremendous work supporting our community - unfortunately many of them have been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. "These grants will help provide some support to these organisations to help them deliver their important services. "It is great to see the community coming together to help each other and I thank all the community services who are going above and beyond during this time of need." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Funding round opens for NRM projects across WA5180Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Ports 33210html28/04/2020 12:13:33 AM2020-04-28T00:00:00Z 8.5 million available to support environment projects for Western Australia Community groups have until June 15 to apply for Community Stewardship Grants ranging from $1,000 to $450,000 Community groups dedicated to caring for Western Australia's precious environment can apply for grants from the McGowan Government's latest State Natural Resource Management (NRM) funding round. The McGowan Government has this year increased the funding available for local community-based projects through the Community Stewardship Grants program to $7.5 million. The 2020 grants funding round is now open for projects that help conserve natural areas, protect WA's biodiversity and improve the capability of NRM community groups across the State. The two grant categories are small grants between $1,000 and $35,000, and large grants between $35,001 and $450,000. Applications for the 2020-21 Community Stewardship Grants close on June 15, 2020. An additional $1 million will be made available to support core landcare and resource management activities of the seven regional NRM bodies and the Western Australia Landcare Network. For more information, visit http//www.nrm.wa.gov.au or contact the State NRM Program office on (08) 6552 2165. Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The McGowan Government has this year increased total funding for the Community Stewardship Grants program and direct to key State and regional NRM bodies by $1.5 million, to further build community and State-wide capacity in natural resource management. "Last year, with the benefit of State NRM program funding, community volunteers and farmers planted more than one million seedlings, across thousands of hectares. "Communities also undertook vital feral animal control across 600,000 hectares, preserving millions of native birds, reptiles and mammals from pests such as cats and foxes." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Community Stewardship Grants are available to local landcare, NRM and farming community groups, schools and local governments. "Community-based projects draw in local knowledge, and have great success in achieving local support to achieve targeted and meaningful on-ground action. "The work and activities of community NRM groups contribute to the management of Western Australia's unique environmental assets, improving outcomes for threatened species and reducing the impact of threats to biodiversity." Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Grassroots community efforts continue to be the life-blood of natural resource management, focused on restoring, protecting, and preserving Western Australia's unique coastlines, landscapes and diverse waterways. "These grants support local initiatives, such as the Harvey River Restoration Taskforce which has helped revitalise and restore the Harvey River. "This project involves local community members planting over eight hectares of riparian streams beds and riverbanks, along with four hectares of bank stabilisation to protect banks from erosion and improve water quality." Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6200Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800Water Minister's office - 6552 6100
Consultation paused on Fitzroy River commitments5091Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Ports 24890html20/04/2020 6:00:47 AM2020-04-20T06:00:00Z Consultation for Fitzroy River water allocation plan and management plan on hold due to COVID-19 McGowan Government committed to delivering Fitzroy River National Park in 2020 Consultation on the McGowan Government's Fitzroy River commitments will be paused as the State Government, Aboriginal community and other stakeholders give full attention to the COVID-19 response. Face-to-face consultation with traditional owners and key stakeholders was due to restart in coming weeks, however it will now not be possible given travel restrictions in the Kimberley to protect vulnerable Aboriginal communities. Consultation will be rescheduled later in 2020, subject to developments in the public health response to COVID-19 and when Aboriginal communities and stakeholders are comfortable to proceed. As discussions on the creation of the Fitzroy River National Park are suitably advanced, a pause in community consultation is not expected to affect the establishment of the new park boundaries. The Fitzroy River election commitments have been subject to an extensive ongoing dialogue with traditional owners and key stakeholders, including two meetings in Fitzroy Crossing with presentations from the four responsible Ministers. For more information on travel restrictions within the Kimberley region, visit https//www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-the-premier-and-cabinet/covid-19-coronavirus-travel-restrictions-within-the-kimberley-region Comments attributed to Regional Development and Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "We remain committed to delivering sustainable economic development in the Fitzroy while protecting the environmental and cultural values of the river, but in light of the risk to the Kimberley from COVID-19, it simply isn't possible to continue consultation on these issues at this stage. "We look forward to picking up this work once the public health advice allows us to do so." Comment attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The McGowan Government has undertaken significant consultation on our commitment to create a Fitzroy River National Park, and we look forward to finalising park boundaries in coming months." Comment attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "We remain committed to our policy of no dams on the Fitzroy River or its tributaries, and will resume consultation on a water allocation plan later this year." Comment attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt "Our top priority is to protect Aboriginal communities from the risk of COVID-19. Pausing consultation on our Fitzroy River commitments is the only sensible decision, and will ensure we can continue to engage traditional owners in the Valley once the crisis has passed." Regional Development and Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6200 Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800 Water Minister's office - 6552 6100 Aboriginal Affairs Minister's office - 6552 5900
Grant scheme funding open to Kimberley community groups2316Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth 12870html16/03/2020 12:59:09 AM2020-03-16T00:30:00Z People and communities in the Kimberley to benefit from Kimberley Community Grants Scheme Grants of up to $10,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations and schools in the Kimberley Water Minister Dave Kelly is encouraging not-for-profit groups and schools in the Kimberley with a great idea for a community project to apply for a grant of up to $10,000. The Kimberley Community Grants Scheme is a partnership between the Water Corporation and the Lions Club of Broome, aimed at empowering community groups in the Kimberley to turn great grassroots ideas into a reality. Funds are raised through the sale of hay produced by the Water Corporation's Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant as an environmentally sustainable means of recycling water. In the last round of funding, the grants scheme supported 10 projects in areas such as community health, education, the environment, culture and the arts. This included Broome North Primary School students and their families who created a stunning mural celebrating the local community's unique birdlife and waterways as a way to add vibrancy to the Cable Beach esplanade. Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre also brought the local community together to deliver a live musical performance at Mowanjum Festival 2019, highlighting the importance and preciousness of water to Aboriginal culture. The fifth round of funding for the Kimberley Community Grants Scheme is open until May 8, 2020. To apply, visit http//www.watercorporation.com.au/kcgrants Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "It is fantastic to see the Kimberley Community Grants Scheme continue to provide opportunities to empower local community groups and schools within the Kimberley region. "Now in its fifth round, the Water Corporation and Lions Club of Broome grants scheme has provided an incredible $185,807 back to the community since it began in 2016, funding 30 projects across the Kimberley. "Over the past four years we have seen communities in One Arm Point, Kununurra, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Broome and Mowanjum all benefited from fantastic projects that have empowered and delighted the local community." Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Josie Farrer "This is a fantastic opportunity for community groups. I'd like to give a big thank you to the Water Corporation and Lions Club of Broome for their foresight in using recycled water for such a great project and their generosity in using the funds generated by the project to provide a Grant Scheme for the Kimberley. "It's been great to witness these community grants making a real difference in the Kimberley, particularly for Aboriginal communities. "The Kimberley is home to many passionate local community groups with great ideas for projects and initiatives that can really make a positive difference to the community. "I encourage these groups to apply to Water Corporation for a Kimberley Community Grant." Minister's office - 6552 6100
Water deficiency declared in the Shire of Esperance - Salmon Gums17475Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Water; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science; Youth 14700html9/03/2020 12:23:26 AM2020-03-07T00:00:00Z Water deficiency declared for Salmon Gums in the Shire of Esperance Government to cart water for animal welfare in affected area Salmon Gums has become the tenth area in Western Australia to have a water deficiency declaration. Water Minister Dave Kelly made the declaration and water carting has commenced to provide emergency water supplies for animal welfare needs. The official declaration follows an application from the Shire of Esperance on behalf of 11 farmers in Salmon Gums. A declaration is made as a last resort after continued dry conditions have depleted on-farm and local community water supplies. The declaration will see the State Government cart about 850 kilolitres of water each week from Norseman to existing tanks at the Salmon Gums Quarry dam, reducing the distance farmers need to travel to source emergency livestock water. Water carting arrangements are being managed by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation with support from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and the Water Corporation. Water made available to farmers through Water Deficiency Declarations is strictly for emergency livestock purposes and should not be accessed for any other purpose, including crop spraying. To conserve this precious resource, farmers accessing this emergency water are encouraged to store the water in closed tanks, rather than on-farm dams, where water losses are high due to evaporation. This is the tenth water deficiency to be declared in Western Australia since May 2019, as dry conditions continue in the great southern agricultural region due to climate change. Water deficiency declarations are currently in effect within the Shires of Ravensthorpe, Lake Grace, Kent, Jerramungup, Esperance, and Dumbleyung. DWER is liaising with local government authorities and farmers in other dryland areas to monitor their on-farm water storage and requirements. The department is encouraging farmers to continue to return their farm water surveys, and local government authorities to consider Community Water Supply Program grant applications in areas of need. For Season 2020 farming advice, financial information and the Support Services Directory, visit http//www.agric.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "The Great Southern agricultural region is experiencing unprecedented dry conditions following two years of well below average annual rainfall. We now have 10 water deficiency declarations and the possibility of more to come. "According to rainfall figures from the Bureau of Meteorology's Salmon Gums Station, 2019 (201mm) was the third driest year on record. "While recent rainfall in the area has brought some welcome relief, it has not been sufficient to alleviate the need for water carting. "The 10 concurrent water deficiencies now in place across the region emphasises that the great southern agricultural region is one of the most impacted places on the planet for reduced rainfall due to climate change. "In the past 12 months the State Government has invested more than $1.5 million in 34 projects designed to improve community water supplies, including work on dams, catchments and bores. The State is calling on the Federal Government to support an expansion of this important work through the new Future Drought Fund. "We have never before seen such a high demand for water carting in the State, with the cost of carting water for both public drinking and animal welfare needs estimated at more than $4 million since January 2019." Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The State Government is well aware of the impact a changing climate is having on agribusinesses throughout WA and is working on a range of fronts to build resilience and provide innovative solutions to water supply challenges in the short and longer term. "While water deficiency declarations provide immediate relief to livestock producers and their animals, we are also collaborating with local government, industry and academia to develop more sophisticated, robust and adaptable farming systems that can withstand seasonal fluctuations." Water Minister's office - 6552 6100 Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6200