The current Hunter Water Sustainability Grants are awarded to 13 local water education and conservation projects which provide community benefit. The projects include:
Project: Kitchen Upgrade Water Conservation Project
Group: Merewether Community Kitchen
The volunteer-run community kitchen provides 100 free weekly three course meals for people in need of food including the homeless, young families, refugees and the elderly. The current kitchen facilities are ageing and need to be upgraded to fit with food safety standards. The funding will allow for the upgrade to incorporate water efficient devices and fix leaking taps.
Project: TAS INC Sustainability Water Project
Group: Tomaree Accommodation Service
This accommodation service supports families caring for children with disabilities. They have a residence, common area and grounds where activities are held for 81 local families. This funding will allow this group to install a rainwater tank to be used for toilets, build a water based education play area and build a sustainable and productive herb and vegetable garden to enhance the families understanding of the water cycle.
Project: Wetland Wildlife Having a Swale of a Time
Group: Hunter Wildlife Rescue (NATF)
The Hunter Wildlife Rescue has recently moved to the Shortland Wetlands. This funding will allow stormwater to be redirected to prevent sediment from flowing into the wetlands or sewerage system into a natural habitat for reptiles. This will help rejuvenate the land for natural wildlife.
Project: Diversity Community Garden Enhancement and CALD Water Wise Education
Group: Ethnic Communities Council Newcastle & Hunter
This funding will allow the local group to update watering equipment .i.e. quality hoses, sprayers and fittings. They will also produce a booklet in multiple languages about Water Wise Rules and distribute this to the local community.
Project: FOCUS Centre Kitchen Garden Water Sustainability Project
Group: Muswellbrook High School FOCUS
The FOCUS centre operates as a government High school for emotional and behaviourally challenged students diagnosed with mental health issues. The funding will teach the children how to install a watering system and use tools and equipment correctly. The garden where the water apparatus will be installed provides food to the local community kitchen, where the children volunteer to prepare and serve meals to improve communication interaction skills.
Project: Water Wise Workshop and Catchment Crawl
Group: Cessnock City Council
As part of Councils sustainability workshop series three water wise workshops will be included with a catchment crawl, testing local waterways during water week and a tour of a Kooragang Island Education Centre. These workshops will be open for up to 120 adults from the Cessnock area.
Project: Drinking Water Education Program
Group: Macquarie College
This grant will allow the Science department will lead students through designing a interactive rainwater refilling station. Highlighting the environmental impacts of plastic water bottles. Co-branded metal water bottles will also be distributed to students and the community at the College Spring Fair along with the refill display.
Project: 2015 Master Builders Association Excellence in Building Awards Newcastle
Group: Master Builders
This grant will be used to award the Best Building of Efficient Use of Water in a House and Efficient Use of Water in a Commercial Building. This will encourage and promote the benefits of designing and building residential and commercial properties that are water efficient.
Project: Aboriginal Learning Centre and Community Garden irrigation
Group: Maitland Public School
The schools Aboriginal education program will incorporate an irrigation project around water capturing, saving and distribution as well as practical irrigation of bush tucker. This community garden will demonstrate water saving, capture and use techniques. Students will collect water from the water tanks for use for irrigating the gardens. A weather station will also be installed at the site.
Project: Maitland Green Communities
Group: Maitland City Council
The Council will use this grant to run a program that educates households in Maitland about a range of environmental topics. Eight workshops will be held with two of the topics about water usage and the importance of protecting local water quality. Hunter Water may be involved with input into the workshop handouts and a talk. The council will advertise these workshops through their newsletter, website and in the local paper for Maitland residents.
Project: Wallsend Wicking Bed
This neighbourhood centre provides disability and aged care counselling and services. This grant will enable them to hold a wicking garden bed workshop which will create two garden beds in the community garden and teach local residents about the importance of water efficiency.
Project: Whitebridge High School Refill Stations
Group: Whitebridge High School
Whitebridge High has 1100 students attending the school. They currently have bubblers but no bottle refill stations. This grant will allow for three refill stations funded along with the P&C, school and student council for the students to use.
Project: NSW Biennial Environmental Educators Conference
Group: NSW Chapter of Australian Association for Environmental Education
The NSW professional association for environmental educations is holding their annual conference in our area of operations this year. The conference will go over two days and this grant will allow for a tour of Kooragang Island Education Centre to show case the centre to educators in the area.