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$6 million for two WA urban lakes and waterways projects

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As reported by the AWA, two WA projects that encourage innovation in urban water management by upgrading infrastructure and protecting urban lakes and waterways will receive funding of $6 million from the Australian Government.

Federal Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water, Senator Penny Wong, announced funding today of $6 million for two Perth-based projects that fulfil election commitments under the Australian Government’s National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns program.

“Extended periods of drought and the effects of climate change have placed increasing pressure on water resources in our cities and towns,” Senator Wong said.

“The funding being announced today will promote improved urban water management with a focus on the environmental health of urban lakes and waterways.”

The Australian Government will deliver $4 million in funding, with an equal contribution from the WA Government, for the Urban Waterways Renewal project in southern Perth.

“This project will upgrade drainage into streams which will improve water quality and environmental flows in the Canning and Southern River regions,” Senator Wong said.

“It will also develop stormwater management plans and help local governments improve environmental management.”

The Town of Vincent will receive $2 million from the Australian Government to address the declining environmental health and water quality of the Hyde Park Lakes.

“Restoring the Lakes will provide a secure habitat for waterbirds and aquatic animals while lowering water use, and this will be achieved through natural systems that improve water quality,” Senator Wong said.

The National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns program funds projects that save water and reduce water losses in cities and towns nationally.

For more information visit: www.environment.gov.au/water/policy-programs/cities-towns/index.html