Nine community and civic organisations across the Hunter will receive a share in more than $50,000 as part of Hunter Water’s first Love Water Grants programme.
The one-off funding will support a range of community projects and education initiatives, which promote water conservation and environmental sustainability.
Among the successful applicants is Medowie Little Athletics with $10,000 towards the installation of a water efficient irrigation system at Kindlebark oval; more than $5,000 for the University of Newcastle to refurbish a garden and outdoor area at an Indigenous community centre; and $1,800 to Landcare Obelisk Hill to provide a sustainable watering point for wildlife at Arcadia Park.
Hunter Water Managing Director, Jim Bentley said the program promotes water conservation and sustainability.
“We’re proud to be able to help nine local organisations deliver important projects that help spread the meaning of loving water,” Jim said.
“Our Love Water campaign is about encouraging people to value water and take action to be more water wise around their homes and businesses. It’s clear from the number and quality of applicants that our community is embracing the Love Water message, which is really promising to see.
“It’s through increased education and awareness that we can learn together to make more water conscious decisions and ensure our precious resource is protected now and in the future.”
Minister for Energy and Utilities, Don Harwin congratulated the successful applicants.
“It’s wonderful to see that water conservation and sustainability is front of mind for so many community groups and organisations across the Hunter region.
“This funding will enable them to implement a range of practical solutions and projects that will enhance our natural environment.
“My thanks to all for applying for the Love Water Grants as we work together to create a better, more sustainable water future,” Don said.
As part of National Water Week, Hunter Water is inviting everyone across the region to make a personal pledge to save water.
IMAGE | Hunter Water’s first Love Water Grants programme provides funding to nine community and civic organisations in the Hunter.
Hunter Water provides water and wastewater services to over half a million people in the lower Hunter Region. They deliver 184 million litres of water per day.