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Sunday, January 17, 2021

Early Christmas for Love Water Grants recipients

Matt Rizzoli and David Sivyer are in celebration mode today.

The duo from Feedback Organic, a sustainable food recovery waste business at Cardiff, was one of 20 recipients to benefit from a share in more than $120,000 as part of Hunter Water’s largest-ever Love Water Grants program.

The pair picked up $10,000 towards a new irrigation system for their urban farm and community awareness campaigns to promote better water usage habits.

Meanwhile, another 19 groups, businesses and organisations also received an early Christmas gift.

The one-off endowments are valued up to $10,000 and will help fund a range of water conservation and efficiency projects, as well as education, environmental and sustainability initiatives.

Cessnock City Council also obtained the maximum amount, for the installation of a water fountain at Bridges Hill Park to provide an adequate water and refill station for park users and visitors.

As did Maitland City Council, who’ll use the money to put in 2-4 portable drinking water stations to provide clean drinking water for the community, reduce the use of single-use plastic water bottles and promote bringing a reusable bottle.

Trustees of Church Property for the Diocese of Newcastle secured $9845, Medowie Christian School collected $9722 and Wyee Hub snared $9000.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said Hunter Water’s Love Water Grants program was a great initiative in supporting the region during a challenging 2020.

“I’m proud to acknowledge the initiative,” she added.

“It’s been a tough year for many with COVID-19.

“We’re pleased to be able to work together and assist these local groups and organisations in continuing their valued community work in the Lower Hunter, while also helping them to make smart water choices.”

Hunter Water managing director Darren Cleary said it was clear from the number and quality of applications that the community embraced the Love Water message.

“Water conservation and efficiency is front of mind for many in our community,” he explained.

“We’re proud to partner with these grant recipients to deliver a variety of great projects.

“These include things like upgrading irrigation and water system infrastructure, installing rainwater tanks and establishing community gardens to name a few.

“We received a record number of quality applications in 2020.

“And, while we unfortunately haven’t been able to fund all of the projects in round one of the program, we’re exploring what other opportunities Hunter Water may have to assist.

“We’re looking forward to supporting even more worthy initiatives in the near future, too, that will help our community make smart water choices and bring us together.”

Round two of the Love Water Grants program opens in February 2021.

For further information, visit www.hunterwater.com.au/grants

Produce from Feedback Organic Recovery

Love Water Grants recipients

Blacksmiths Public School: $3300 – An aquaponics project to help teach students how this system of growing vegetables can save water.

Cessnock City Council: $10,000 – The installation of a water fountain at Bridges Hill Park to provide an adequate water and refill station for park users and visitors.

Charlestown East P&C Association: $5630 – The installation of a 10,000L rainwater tank to help increase the students’ knowledge of water use and service the school’s garden, leading to reduced drinking water consumption.

Charlestown Eastlakes Presbyterian Church: $4351 – The installation of two water efficient raised garden beds and a 2000L water tank to conserve drinking water. As well as planting a native garden and building bench seats made from recycled railway sleepers for pedestrians.

Eastlakes U3A Inc: $7195 – The installation of a new, and larger water tank, the erection of three compost bays and the planting of a native garden that will increase the biodiversity of the immediate area.

Elermore Vale Public School: $2588 – The installation of an irrigation system to improve water efficiency practices for the school vegetable garden.

Feedback Organic: $10,000 – An upgrade of existing watering system infrastructure and a community awareness campaign to promote better water usage habits.

Maitland City Council: $10,000 – The installation of 2-4 portable drinking water stations to provide clean drinking water for the community, reduce the use of single-use plastic water bottles and promote bringing a reusable bottle.

Maryville Community & Throsby Friends: $4000 – To create multiple ‘green spots’, including weekly composting bins, raised garden beds and buddy benches.

Medowie Christian School: $9722 – The installation of water tanks to capture rainwater for use in agriculture areas.

Paterson Sports Ground Reserve Committee: $6570 – The installation of a 32,000L water tank for watering the grounds to help minimise the reliance on town water.

St Bede’s Catholic College Chisholm: $2500 – The installation of sustainable water infrastructure to help collect rainwater for use on the school gardens.

St Brigid’s Raymond Terrace: $5310 – The installation of water tanks to use for school gardens and to connect to filtered water stations for students. As well as the installation of a metered sprinkler system to reduce the use of less effective watering techniques.

Sugarvalley Neighbourhood Centre: $2825 – An education program aimed at promoting the importance of saving water and the installation of a 3000L water tank to water the community garden.

Teralba Public School: $4300 – The installation of water tank pumps and the revitalisation of existing garden beds to make more water efficient.

Toronto Centenary Hub Community: $8400 – The re-establishment of existing community gardens to help raise awareness of the importance of water conservation, management and stewardship through education and practical application.

Trustees of Church Property for the Diocese of Newcastle: $9845 – The installation of a 2200L water tank to reduce run off into the storm water drains, save potable drinking water and help water the permaculture garden on site aimed at growing fruit and vegetables to share with those in the community facing hardship.

Vacy Sportsground: $5000 – The installation of a 32,000L water tank to help provide water efficient irrigation on site.

Whitebridge High School: $5000 – The installation of water tanks to flush toilet systems, helping to save potable drinking water.

Wyee Hub: $9000 – The installation of three 25,000L water tanks to help support the laundry and shower operations.