$209k grant to fund new water supply
A $209,568 grant has been awarded to a Gnowangerup community water project to help build a greener and more resilient town.
Minister for Water Dave Kelly announced the grant last week, which will go towards a new irrigation water supply for the Gnowangerup District High School oval and community gardens.
The Watering WA Towns grant recipients are the Gnowangerup Community Church group and the Gnowangerup District High School Parents and Citizens Association, which are contributing a combined $134,680 to the project.
Joint project manager Margot Byrne said the high school P&C had been looking at the project for years.
“There’s a new community hub being established by the community church group, and there’s no way to actually have the hub operating unless we came up with a water solution,” she said. “The P&C of the school have been trying to figure out a way to get water up to the school, so we can actually have some decent turf there for the kids to play on, so we joined forces and put the grant forward.”
The funds will help build a water-distribution network that connects and pumps water from a 17,000kl capacity dam not currently used on the west side of town, to distribution tanks at the school oval and community gardens in the middle of the town.
Stormwater harvesting structures will also be built to capture water from the roof of the community church and surrounding buildings to feed into the supply.
“It’s a dual project — now we can have an effective water catchment while simultaneously having a pipeline run from the school, past the community hub down to the dam that will supply sufficient water for the community garden hub and the 50sqm of the school oval,” Mrs Byrne said.
“It will allow us to replace the turf and put some reticulation down because now we have a water supply to keep it going.”
When completed, the project will reduce use of drinking water for irrigation, saving the community about $30,000 a year on scheme water costs, as well as providing water for new projects, bringing a further estimated value of $30,000 a year in water to the community.