The Queensland Government has announced it will provide $210,000 through the Community Water Supply Program to help the three rural communities meet emergency community water needs and reduce scheme water use.
The latest grants will fund projects to:
- Build a new 25,000kL capacity dam including construction of an eight hectare roaded catchment in the Shire of Kulin to provide a year round non-potable water supply, including for emergency livestock needs
- Quadruple the capacity of the Tarin Rock Siding dam in the Shire of Dumbleyung from 2,500kL to 10,000kL, and install two 45kL storage tanks and a new solar pump system to increase emergency livestock water supplies
- Install a new 250kL storage tank and solar pumps at Fitzgerald Dam and refurbish the catchment area to the dam in the Shire of Ravensthorpe to enhance emergency livestock water supplies
Through the Community Water Supply Program, local governments in dryland agricultural areas receiving less than 600mm average annual rainfall can apply for grants of up to $100,000 to establish or improve community water supplies.
Projects eligible for funding include the construction of new water catchments and dams, improvements to existing surface water catchments and storage dams, tank installation and development of groundwater resources.
Water Minister, Dave Kelly, said the government was realistic about the impacts of climate change on its dryland agricultural areas and is committed to supporting these regional communities with emergency water needs.
“This $210,000 investment takes the total funding committed through this program to assist rural communities this year to $500,000, and comes on top of our $1.3 million investment to create new or upgrade rural State-owned Strategic Community Water Supplies,” Mr Kelly said.
“This funding provides vital assistance to communities that are becoming increasingly vulnerable to water shortages as climate change continues to reduce rainfall in these areas.
“These new and upgraded water supplies can be used by farmers for emergency livestock needs and also for community firefighting services.
“The McGowan Government will continue to partner with rural local governments over the coming summer to ensure our farmers and rural communities have access to emergency water needs for animal welfare.”