Wa­ter sup­ply grant boost

Countryman - - NEWS -

The State Gov­ern­ment will pro­vide $174,306 in fund­ing to WA farm­ers and pas­toral­ists to de­velop sus­tain­able wa­ter op­tions for their farms.

Sev­en­teen farm­ers will re­ceive re­bates to­talling $154,306 un­der the Farm Wa­ter Sup­ply Plan­ning Scheme and the Farm Wa­ter Re­bate Scheme, and one pas­toral­ist will re­ceive $20,000 through the Pas­toral Wa­ter Grants Scheme.

For the past 20 years, the Farm Wa­ter Sup­ply Plan­ning Scheme has been help­ing farm­ers who re­ceive less than 600mm of rain­fall a year by al­low­ing them to claim 50 per cent of the cost of wa­ter sup­ply au­dits and call-back vis­its, up to a max­i­mum value of $750.

Th­ese farm­ers can then ap­ply to the Farm Wa­ter Re­bate Scheme for up to 50 per cent of the cost of a range of in­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ments iden­ti­fied by the au­dit, such as dams, tanks, pipes and pump­ing sys­tems in­clud­ing so­lar en­ergy, up to a max­i­mum re­bate value of $15,000.

The Pas­toral Wa­ter Grants Scheme helps pro­tect pas­toral prop­er­ties against wa­ter short­ages and en­hances home­stead wa­ter sup­plies, with grants of up to $20,000.

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