Applications open for new demonstration sites grants program

Urban and rural residents are invited to implement innovative and cost-effective stormwater management solutions on their blocks as part of a new grants program to establish a series of demonstration sites across the region.

The best solution to protecting our waterways is to manage water where it falls and to prevent stormwater washing pollutants like leaves, soil and litter down the drain. On rural properties, if runoff is not management it can cause soil and other nutrients to wash off blocks.

As part of the H2OK: Keeping our waterways healthy education program, grants of up to $3,000 for urban homeowners and $7,500 for rural residential owners (up to 40 hectares) in the ACT and surrounding region are available.

In the urban setting, examples of projects people can undertake including establishing rain gardens, disconnecting downpipes, installing rainwater tanks, treating the nature strip and introducing composting systems. For rural residential properties funding can be targeted for fencing to manage grazing impacts, preserving ground cover, addressing erosion, protecting and enhancing our waterways.

Learning from others is one of the best ways of achieving change in the way we manage stormwater runoff from residential sites. Working in collaboration with Canberra Open Gardens, grant recipients will showcase their initiatives through a series of open days sharing fascinating insights on best practice stormwater solutions with the broader community.

Eligible urban and rural residential properties need to be in the ACT or the Upper Murrumbidgee River catchment area of Queanbeyan–Palerang Regional Council, Yass Valley Council or Snowy Monaro Regional Council.

For more information on how to apply including eligibility criteria visit the Demonstration Sites Grants Program section of this website or call 6207 5584 (business hours only).

Applications close 4 pm Monday 29 May 2017.