A water harvesting program which would use run-off from roads to water ovals is among three major projects in the Shire of Cranbrook vying for Federal Government funding. The Shire of Cranbrook council has endorsed a funding application for three projects as part of a Federal government stimulus to help revitalise communities affected by drought. At a special council meeting last month, councillors voted unanimously to support an application for three major projects under the $47 million Drought Communities Program. In January, it was announced 52 drought-affected councils would get a slice of the funding based on population size — with Cranbrook poised to receive $1m. If the application is successful, three projects will be funded, including a water harvesting project at Frankland River; upgrades to the Frederick Square playground; and construction of a tourist lookout at Sukey Hill. Shire works technical officer Stevie Egerton-Warburton said the Shire aimed to have the Frankland River project under way by November. The project would direct water run-off from major buildings and roadsides into a dry dam behind the Frankland River Country Club to water the cricket club oval. “Like a lot of small country towns, our urban drainage systems are ageing and not functioning to its best ability, so this is probably the first time that we have had the opportunity to upgrade existing urban drainage,” she said. “Not only will this project achieve that in filling the dam, it will also fix a lot of pooling issues we have on our roads and around that area which creates substantial damage to our road infrastructure. “Filling the dam is really important. It was a major problem that we had this year keeping up the reticulation to the oval during summer.” “But not only that the water, depending on the capacity that we are able to achieve which will be quite substantial, will be able to be utilised for fire emergencies.” To help plan for the project, the Shire has used new technology to create 3-D modelling of the town with images captured by drone.