A re-elected Gillard Labor Government will help more communities across Australia roll out stormwater projects that assist in securing their future water supplies.

We simply cannot afford to let precious water go to waste.

Based on the strong community interest to date, Prime Minister Julia Gillard today announced the Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse program would receive a significant boost.

The Prime Minister also announced that Waterproofing Eastern Adelaide will be the first project to be funded from the expanded program.

This project brings together the Burnside, Norwood, Payneham, St Peters, Campbelltown, Tea Tree Gully and Town of Walkerville councils to create a network of stormwater capture, storage and distribution sites across eastern Adelaide.

 

Apart from initial feasibility assistance, funding for this project will be shared by the Australian Government, South Australian Government and local councils.

The Gillard Government would provide up to $10 million for the project, subject to confirmation of funds from the partner organisations and finalisation of the feasibility study.

The remaining projects bidding for funds under the expanded program will need to demonstrate they can help ease pressure on drinking water supplies and deliver improved water quality to our urban waterways.

Treated stormwater can be used to maintain sporting ovals, parks, and gardens, or by local businesses and industry.

By investing in over 160 urban water projects to date – including stormwater, desalination and recycling – the Gillard Labor Government is helping prepare Australia for a future with less water.

The expanded program announced today will help even more Australian communities harvest and treat stormwater, improving urban water security.

The expansion, worth $100 million, is drawn from the National Urban Water and Desalination Plan, already included in the Budget.