• Funds from the sale of Rhodes grass hay from Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant to be used for local community projects
  • Water Corporation and Lions Club of Broome partner to deliver grants under new West Kimberley Community Grants Scheme 

The Liberal National Government will donate funds raised by the sale of its Rhodes grass hay operation to a new community grants scheme for the West Kimberley.

Water Minister Mia Davies said the Water Corporation had joined forces with the Lions Club of Broome to start the West Kimberley Community Grants Scheme.

"I am pleased to announce applications will soon be open for not-for-profit organisations and local schools to apply for grants of up to $10,000 to fund local projects that will benefit communities in the West Kimberley," Ms Davies said.

The Water Corporation have irrigated a crop of Rhodes grass with recycled water from the Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant, and this will be sold as fodder to local farmers.  

"This presents an exciting opportunity to use part of the funds generated by the disposal of Broome's wastewater to bring real benefits for the community," the Minister said.

"There are many passionate local community groups who have great ideas for projects and initiatives, and it is encouraging to have the Water Corporation partnering with the Lions Club to help turn some of these ideas into reality."

Lions Club of Broome president Reg Ripp said he looked forward to working with the Water Corporation to administer the scheme to help people in the West Kimberley.

The first round of funding of the West Kimberley Community Grants Scheme is open for four weeks from July 4, 2016 until July 29, 2016 and applications can be lodged via http://www.watercorporation.com.au/wkcgrants  

The total value of each round of funding will depend on the amount of hay sold and produced by the Water Corporation at each harvest.

Fact File

  • The West Kimberley Community Grants Scheme will support applications from not-for-profit constituted bodies, schools or education institutions, located within, or offering a project within, the West Kimberley
  • About 306 million litres of recycled water is used to irrigate Rhodes grass each year, which is then processed into hay and sold for stock feed to local cattle stations
  • Irrigation of the Rhodes grass is an environmentally friendly way to dispose of treated wastewater and is the preferred crop recommended by environmental experts due to its high nutrient uptake 

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