Lower Lakes communities eligible for Murray economic assistance

04 Feb 2019

Communities in the Lower Lakes region such as Milang or Hindmarsh Island are eligible for a share in $20 million of economic assistance being provided by the Morrison Government.

Liberal candidate for Mayo Georgina Downer said grant funding was available to not-for-profit organisations including councils, cooperatives, incorporated associations and indigenous corporations.

“River communities have sacrificed a great deal to water reform in the Murray-Darling Basin, and others such as the Lower Lakes region continue to feel the economic legacy of the millennium drought,” Ms Downer said.

“The Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Program is aimed at creating jobs in communities affected by water recovery and drought. Grants of up to $500,000 are available for eligible projects.

“Projects must demonstrate they’re of benefit to the local community and seek to stimulate economic growth and job creation to address the impacts of water recovery and drought.

“This is an important opportunity to build resilience and diversify the economy in communities where water availability has been reduced.

“This highlights the need to implement the Basin Plan with a balanced approach, ensuring we don’t unfairly disadvantage river communities while recovering water for environmental flows.”

For more information about the grants visit agriculture.gov.au/edpgrants. Applications close on 10 March 2019.