Toorongo Falls. Photo: Visit Victoria

Every week, The Fifth Estate goes looking for government tenders, grants and other opportunities in green business.

The Victorian government is dedicating $900,000 as part of its new Biodiversity Bushfire Recovery Grant program to support bushland and biodiversity recovery in the wake of the unprecedented summer bushfires.

All of the funding will go to support on groundwork, community education and building projects in North East, East Gippsland and South West regions, which were devastated by the flames.

The grants are open to both public land and private property, worth up to $10,000 for individuals, $30,000 for environmental volunteer groups and $50,000 for volunteer based environmental networks.

With the pandemic hurting already impacted communities, the grants will also take into account programs that provide information sharing and online skill training.

The grants are the latest addition to Victoria’s bushfire relief efforts, including its $17.5 million rescue package for fire affected wildlife and biodiversity and work alongside Victoria’s 2037 targets to protect declining biodiversity.

Applications close 20 July 2020 at 5:00 pm — learn more here.

WaterNSW developing renewable energy scheme

WaterNSW is seeking expressions of interest from market participants eager to develop renewable energy schemes powered by the state-owned corporation’s dams.

This marks the second stage of the Renewable Energy and Storage program, using WaterNSW’s dam projects to support renewable energy options such as pumped hydro schemes.

The proposed hydropower projects will be developed Burrendong Dam and Windamere Dam as a way to accommodate energy shortfalls in the Central regions.

EOI’s are open to any individual organisation, joint venture or consortia. Successful applicants will move on to the shortlist for proposal requests.

Expressions of interest close 10 June at 2:00 pm — see more details here.

West Camden water recycling enters stage three

Sydney Water is testing the waters, so to speak, on how to expand the West Camden Water Recycling Plant into its third stage of development.

Sydney Water is accepting expressions of interest from businesses for the design and construction of its stage three amplification, increasing the plant’s scale to accommodate the area’s growing population.

The West Camden treatment plant supplies the Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute with treated water to be reused. 

All applicants must have overseen at least two brownfield design projects or similar construct wastewater projects within the past ten years and at least two projects worth more than $100 million in the past five years.

The deadline is 15 June 2020 at 4:00 pm — learn more here.

Contactless water monitoring solutions wanted

Queensland’s Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME) is taking expressions of interest for contactless water monitoring technology.

By measuring through contactless water flow, the department hopes to improve data quality, reliability and frequency as a way to sustainably manage the state’s water resources.

This is a golden opportunity for Queensland industry members to show off the latest ideas and innovations in technology and explore the possibilities of statewide water resource solutions.

Expressions of interest close 17 June 2020 at 2:00 pm Brisbane time — find out more here.

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