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Freshwater Improvement Fund

The Government has committed $100 million over 10 years to the Freshwater Improvement Fund. Approximately $24.5 million is available in the first funding round, which is open from 1 March until midday on the 13 April 2017.The fund is for projects costing $400,000 or more which will improve the quality and availability of water in our water bodies (lakes, rivers, streams, groundwater and wetlands).The aim is to make the biggest difference with the available funding. That’s why the fund is focusing on water bodies in vulnerable catchments that are showing signs of stress but have not yet reached a ‘tipping point’. This is when it becomes more expensive and more difficult to restore these water bodies to good health.


Freshwater Improvement Fund application and criteria