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Saturday, May 14, 2011

National Rainwater and Greywater Initiative RIP

No sooner than the RWC posted about how wonderful Australia's National Rainwater and Greywater Initiative was, this article in the Melbourne Herald Sun reports that *The Gillard Government axed the program, which provided up to $500 towards installing the water-saving products, in this week's Budget drive for savings*.

There is a lesson to be learned here about these types of programs. *Federal parliamentary secretary for urban water Don Farrell said scrapping the rebate proved the Government was serious about returning the Budget to surplus. Lower than expected demand also prompted the Gillard Government to cut $85.5 million over four years from programs supporting water recycling, desalination and stormwater harvesting in cities with more than 50,000 people*. Like water rights in the western US, one has to either use these government programs, or lose them.

Is Green now a dirty word in a climate of cutbacks? Will this philosophy stay in Australia? 

1 comment:

  1. This kind of program will be very helpful. People must be encouraged to join programs like this one.