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Subsidy Funding for CWMS Projects 2017/18 to 2026/27 - Circular 37.4

To Chief Executive Officer
Community Services Staff
Economic Development and Tourism Staff
Environmental Health Staff
Information - Engineering Staff
Planning - Building Staff
Policy and Strategic Planning Staff
Date 14 September 2017
Contact Vicky Newton
Response Required No Respond By 23 November 2017
Summary A second ten-year CWMS Subsidy Funding Agreement between the State Government and the LGA has been confirmed for approximately $4 million per annum. Expressions of interest and applications are hereby invited from interested councils in accordance with the guideline below.

The State Government recently announced a second ten-year Funding Agreement with the LGA to continue the program of supporting Councils which wish to install township reticulated wastewater systems.

Approximately $4 million will be available each year for subsidy, allowing up to $65 million worth of projects to be completed over that time period.

To assist the LGA CWMS Management Committee to develop a ten-year program, Councils are invited to make submissions to the Committee. 

While township scheme extensions may be assessed by the CWMS Management Committee to be self-funding, and therefore ineligible for subsidy, such proposals may be submitted for consideration.

Schemes will be evaluated by a panel of individuals from the EPA, Department for Health and Ageing, Office of Local Government, LGA, LGA CWMS Management, Local Authorities and the Finance Sector.

Proposals which demonstrate integration within a council’s Total Water Strategy will rate well, as will any which focus on conservative carbon and water re-use factors in addition to addressing public health and economic parameters.

Proposals will be ranked in three groups;

  • High priority worthy of support;
  • Medium priority worthy of support after all high priority projects have been acquitted; and
  • Not worthy of support

Application forms for new schemes (ie, where either none exist presently, or where part of existing towns has not yet been serviced) can be found below.

Application for a New or Expanded CWMS Scheme(338 kb)

Please complete and return to Vicky Newton via email,

For Councils that have already applied, we ask you to please reaffirm your application via email to

The funding Agreement has capacity to enable some remedial works to existing schemes to be considered in exceptional circumstances and agreed to by the Minister on a case by case basis.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 23 November 2017 to give adequate time for councils to carry out investigations and infrastructure inspections, and to resolve at full council level if necessary, before formulating submissions.

The CWMS Management Committee will seek updated information and additional applications from time to time during the ten year program lifetime. 

Councils will be advised of the assessed rankings as soon as all proposals have been assessed and rankings adopted by Committee.

Inclusion of a project in the high priority group neither guarantees construction funding, nor its apparent position on the list. Each project has a number of steps to get through before construction funding is guaranteed (or otherwise).

“Seed funding” of the external cost to a council for taking proposals to final design stage may be made on a money-back basis, so that projects are ready to construct if and when construction subsidy funding is made available by the CWMS Management Committee.

If you have any queries, please contact Richard Gayler, CWMS Program Manager on 0417 861 952 or via email

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