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Valentine Hydrotherapy Pools love $10,000 water grant


In a serendipitous moment, Valentine Hydrotherapy Pools (VHP) is one of 15 recipients of the Love Water Grants program.

More than $100,000 was handed out, following the highest number of applications ever received, for the 2023 initiative, which ironically opened on 14 February.

The one-off endowments, instigated by Hunter Water, primarily support water conservation and efficiency schemes, as well as ventures with an education, environmental and sustainability focus.

An Ocean & Lake plumber installs one of the new water efficient dual flush toilet cisterns.

Valentine Hydrotherapy Pools will use its $10,000 to upgrade its amenities block to be more water efficient, including installing eight new dual-flush toilet cisterns.

The VHP committee is also set to establish a 10-thousand-litre water tank.

“Our pools serve multiple parts of our community,” member Lynda Payne said.

“The facility is where disabled, injured, post-operative or older people can exercise with their physiotherapist.

“In our heated 15m pool, babies to adults can become water confident and learn to swim.

“We’re a charity, so receiving Hunter Water’s support to see a much-needed project come to life is wonderful.”

One of Valentine Hydrotherapy Pools’ three heated pools.

Minister for Water, Housing and Homelessness Rose Jackson said the Lower Hunter community proposed innovative water-saving approaches.

“It’s clear from the 76 applications, a record number, that they are committed to providing original solutions to help save our most precious resource however they can,” she explained.

“In the current economic climate, we’re seeing now more than ever how important it is to support our community.

“The diverse range of projects from amenities upgrades to irrigation systems to community gardens all promote water conservation and will make a significant difference to the people of the Lower Hunter.”

Hunter Water managing director Darren Cleary said VHP’s project captured what the Love Water Grants program was all about, with LGAs such as Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Maitland, Port Stephens, Dungog and Cessnock represented.

“We’re committed to supporting our community, and Valentine Hydrotherapy Pools’ project will have some great community outcomes when it comes to saving water and improving the facility’s functionality.

“Thank you to all applicants… and congratulations to the successful recipients.

“We’re proud to support our community as we work together to ensure we have a sustainable and resilient water future.”

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The other 2023 Love Water Grant recipients included:

  • Australia’s Wildlife Ark Ltd (Aussie Ark) – Hunter Region Endangered Turtle Breeding Program ($10,000)
  • Biraban Local Aboriginal Land Council – Growing Plants for their return to country ($10,000, Lake Macquarie LGA)
  • New Lambton Heights Infants School P&C Association – Embedding water conservation ideology and practice into early school life ($8,860, Newcastle LGA)
  • Fig Tree Community Association – Olla Water Workshops ($5,328, Newcastle LGA)
  • Australian Sailing – Water conservation and education in sailing clubs in the Lower Hunter ($9,953)
  • Valley Village Early Learning Centre – Bush Tucker Garden and Frog habitat Water Conservation ($3,700, Maitland LGA)
  • Millers Forest Public School – Millers Forest Garden Water System: ‘Water’ you think about this? ($10,000, Maitland LGA)
  • Maitland Community Men’s Shed – Water System Pressure Upgrade ($2,800, Maitland LGA)
  • St John’s Primary School Lambton – Developing Biodiversity in Our Garden ($3,115, Newcastle LGA)
  • Trees in Newcastle (TIN) – TIN Water Plan ($9,200, Lake Macquarie LGA)
  • St Johns Church Community Garden – Water for community garden ($8,400, Port Stephens LGA)
  • Clarence Town Public School – Connections for Our Climate ($4,024, Dungog LGA)
  • PCYC (OzHarvest) – Nourish Community Garden ($9,400, Lake Macquarie LGA)
  • Lodge Paxton 608 – Water efficiency project ($3,237, Cessnock LGA)

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