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Southern Downs sporting and community organisations to save water with $200k boost

14 March 2019

A share of $200k in drought relief funding is set to help sporting and community organisations across the Southern Downs conserve the region’s precious water supply.

Sixteen organisations were granted funding which will be used to pay for installing or replacing water tanks and other water saving devices like shower heads, dual flush toilet systems, water pumps or filtrating devices.

The Federal Government made the funding available as part of the $1 million in drought relief funding Southern Downs Regional Council secured through the Drought Communities Programme (DCP).

Councillor for Events, Sport, Parks and Recreation Yve Stocks said the funding will ensure that sporting and community organisations conserve more water while providing a boost to the region’s economy.

“This important funding benefits not only these organisations and their members but the entire region,” Cr Stocks said.

“It’s important everyone in the community is being vigilant and working to reduce their water usage. This funding means our local organisations and sporting clubs can complete much needed work that will greatly improve their water efficiency.

“By improving their water saving capability these organisations can continue to use their own resources to provide valuable services to our communities.

“These projects will also benefit the wider community by creating jobs for our region and by engaging local suppliers and service providers.”

The DCP funds infrastructure and drought relief projects that use local resources, businesses and suppliers to stimulate local community spending and provide long-lasting benefits to the community and their agricultural industries.

SDRC assessed applications for funding from local organisations based on how projects will deliver benefits to the drought-affected region as well as how it would benefit the community.

Drought Communities Funding will be awarded to the following sporting and community organisations:

·         Warwick Redbacks AFC

·         Ballandean Clay Target Club

·         Ballandean Football Club

·         Stanthorpe Agricultural Society

·         Warwick Boxing Club

·         Warwick Hockey Club

·         Warwick Pistol Club

·         Warwick Turf Club

·         Warwick Cricket Club

·         Eastern Suburbs Junior Rugby League

·         St Marks Anglican Church – Corporation of the Synod of the Diocese of Brisbane

·         Warwick United Church

·         Stanthorpe Jockey Club

·         Warwick Touch Football Association

·         Eukey Hall

·         Warwick Senior Citizens Welfare Association


Read more about the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Programme or head to for more information on projects funded through the DCP.

To find out what extreme level water restrictions mean for you and what you can do to reduce your water usage, visit the Southern Downs Regional Council website.

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