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Friday, April 23, 2021

Love Water community grants still available

Community groups and organisations can still apply for up to $10,000 under round two of Hunter Water’s 2020/21 Love Water grants program.

The one-off funding attracted a record number of quality applications from across the six Lower Hunter LGAs (Local Government Areas) in the first batch last year with 20 successful applicants.

Love Water grants help to identify and solve water conservation issues; enhance liveability, diversity, inclusion and innovation in our community; and assist with customer hardship or economic stimulus as a result of the impact of COVID-19.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey encouraged Lower Hunter organisations to apply for a grant so they, in turn, could support their members across the region.

“As we all start to feel more secure living in a COVID-normal society, it’s important to recognise there is a long path ahead of us,” she said.

“The Love Water grants can assist community groups to support their local areas and help build confidence.

“The high number of quality applications in round one was excellent to see and I urge more businesses and organisations to apply in round two.”

One of the inaugural recipients was Feedback Organic Recovery – a business converting food waste into food, locally and sustainably.

Owner David Sivyer said the grant would help revolutionise the venture.

“It’s going to change our whole ballgame,” he explained.

“We are very grateful and a big thanks to Hunter Water for sending some very needed funding to Feedback Organic.

“We want to make sure that every garden bed we have introduced has drip lines to it, so we don’t need to do any sprinklers or inefficient watering full stop.

“This will help us to get a lot more consistency with our crops.”

Hunter Water managing director Darren Cleary said the Love Water grants program highlighted the value of saving our precious resource and making smart water choices.

“The funding can help increase water efficiency, enhance liveability and ensure Hunter Water is supporting our community as we all recover from the COVID-19 pandemic,” he added.

“We’re proud to partner with and support our community through this program as we work together to ensure a resilient and sustainable water future.”

Applications for round two, which opened on 24 February, close on Wednesday 24 March, unless extended beforehand.

Visit www.hunterwater.com.au/grants for more information or to apply.

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