Local Councils Encouraged To Apply For Funding Grants

Local Councils Encouraged To Apply For Funding Grants

The NSW Government has extended its successful Water Security for Regions program to nearly 60 Local Government Areas, including the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said extending the program to even more communities was in recognition of the far reaching effects of drought across the State.

“Water Security for Regions was established to help communities prepare for future drought conditions. So far we have committed $38 million to 15 high priority projects across some of our most drought-affected regional areas,” Mrs Williams said.

“The NSW Government is serious about improving water security infrastructure in the regions to help farmers and regional industries deal with drier conditions.”

Mrs Williams said a new round of funding worth an additional $80 million was now open to eligible local communities across the region.

“I have written to Port Macquarie-Hastings Council to encourage them to put forward proposals for urgent water security infrastructure projects through the program,” Mrs Williams said.

“I know many people are concerned about water security for the future, particularly as we currently have Level Three water restrictions in place it has certainly brought the issue to the community’s attention.

“We are seeking applications for local infrastructure projects that will improve town water security and secure good quality, reliable water supplies,” Mrs Williams said.

“Proposals for projects could include augmenting dams, pipeline and bore works and water efficiency mechanisms, and should also offer economic benefits to local communities.

“Through Water Security for Regions we will continue to help regional communities prepare for rainfall deficiencies and ensure the ongoing vitality of life on the land,” Mrs William said.

Under Water Security for Regions, the NSW Government has reserved $366 million to invest in future water security projects.

Application and eligibility guidelines for the 2014–15 are available at www.insw.com

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