$1.5 million Living Regions initiative announced for regional urban water plans
Key to water security is making better use of all water sources
Victorian Coalition Government’s water reforms are building a better Victoria
Minister for Water Peter Walsh today announced a new $1.5 million initiative to encourage local whole-of-water-cycle management plans for communities in regional Victoria.
Minister Walsh said the Living Regions initiative was part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s urban water reform program, Living Victoria.
“The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to helping urban communities, large and small, improve planning and management of local water supplies,” Mr Walsh said.
“The Coalition recognises the key to future water security is to make better use of all water sources, including rainwater, stormwater, ground water and recycled water as well as our precious drinking water supplies.
“The Victorian Coalition’s support for innovative, lower cost water projects and policies is in stark contrast to the Labor Party’s policies which saw customers saddled with the cost of expensive, lazy infrastructure like the north-south pipeline and the desal plant, which is not only producing no water but is costing Melburnians $1.8 million every single day.
“To help regional urban centres improve water planning, the Victorian Coalition Government has allocated $1.5 million to a new Living Regions initiative. Local councils and water corporations are encouraged to apply for funding of up to $250,000 from Living Regions to help develop whole-of-water-cycle management plans for localised areas.
“A whole-of-water-cycle management plan is a detailed analysis of a town or area’s overall water balance, looking at risks and opportunities in safeguarding water supplies to ensure the town remains green and liveable through future droughts.
“These plans will help councils investigate the most cost effective way to use the right water for the job including looking to local alternative water sources, such as rainwater, stormwater, wastewater and groundwater, as well as recycled water, for non-drinking uses.”
“Living Regions, together with the Living Ballarat, Living Bendigo and Living Geelong initiatives, demonstrates the Victorian Coalition Government’s commitment to water security and resilient communities across Victoria.”
Expressions of interest for Living Regions close at 5pm on 1 December, 2014. For more information and eligibility criteria go to www.livingvictoria.vic.gov.au