03 February 2014
Round 1 of the Living Rivers Fund received over 80 grant applications from 30 councils, totalling a request for $9 million in funding over the next two years. It is clear from the $11 million of council co-contributions, the high calibre of project submissions and the large number of applications received that there is a very strong commitment from council to deliver better stormwater management with a focus on waterway health and community outcomes.
The Living Rivers team have approved 50 projects and have committed to $3.2 million of funding for this financial year. Project submissions vary from catchment-based planning amendments and mechanisms, active community projects, disconnection projects, hotspot identification and intervention, capacity building and training, and stormwater treatments and harvesting. The projects range from on-lot to large scale and address issues in industrial, residential, recreational and commercial areas. Many of these projects will drive capacity improvement across the region.
Clearwater will be working closely with the Living Rivers team to assist with the delivery of capacity building and training initiatives. A full listing of successful projects will be available on the Melbourne Water website in the coming weeks.
The second round of funding will open mid-2014.
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