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On 7 December 2008, the Government released the guidelines that will govern the Rudd Government's $1 billion National Urban Water and Desalination Plan announced in this year's Budget. Under this Plan the Australian Government will fund large-scale infrastructure projects to help cities and towns meet future demand for water. The assistance will be provided as either grants to proponents that are not subject to income tax or refundable tax offsets for proponents that are subject to income tax. Financial assistance is up to 10 per cent of the eligible capital costs, capped at maximum of $100 million per project.

Interested parties are invited to comment on the draft legislation and explanatory memorandum by Monday, 19 January 2009.

For a copy of the Exposure Draft and draft EM, go here.

For a copy of the joint media release issued by the Treasurer, Wayne Swan, and the Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong, No 2008/138, 8 December 2008, go here.

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