5 June 2024

Community at the heart of Hunter Water's 2024 Love Water Grants

Hunter Water has announced the 18 recipients of its 2024 Love Water Grants program, awarding over $125,000 for the program’s fifth year. The announcement follows a significant number of applications in various areas, from schools and pre-schools to community groups and organisations. 

The one-off grants, valued at up to $10,000, primarily support water conservation and efficiency initiatives and projects with an education, environmental, or sustainability focus.

Minister for Water, Housing, and Homelessness, Rose Jackson, commended the Lower Hunter community for its inventive water-saving initiatives.

"The overwhelming response of 71 applications underscores the local community's dedication to finding innovative solutions to preserve our most precious resource.

"In light of the current economic environment, supporting our community is more vital than ever. The array of projects—from infrastructure upgrades to community garden initiatives—all contribute to water conservation efforts and will significantly benefit the residents of the Lower Hunter region," Minister Jackson added.

Survivors R Us, a non-profit organisation that raises awareness of family and domestic violence while working to minimise the effects of abuse, homelessness, and unemployment, is one of this year's grant recipients. The organisation will use the funding to make water-efficient upgrades to its bathroom amenities, restoring the dignity of those using the service, while also improving the organisation's overall water usage.

Ann-Maria Martin, who founded the organisation in 2018, is thrilled and grateful to receive a Love Water Grant. 

"We've worked with Hunter Water previously at some of our events, and we are excited to continue our partnership. It's so important that the people who visit us feel safe and welcome. By making these upgrades to our bathroom facilities, we will be taking steps to provide dignity and comfort to our community. 

"Thanks to the funding, we will be able to install water-efficient appliances that can help us not only save water but also save on our water bill. We are so grateful and know that the Love Water Grant will make a real difference to the people we support," Ms Martin said. 

Hunter Water Managing Director, Darren Cleary, said the Survivors R Us project captured what the Love Water Grants program is all about.

"Supporting our community is at the heart of Hunter Water, and the Survivors R Us initiative promises significant water savings and enhanced facility functionality, fostering positive community outcomes.

"Well done to all of the successful recipients and thank you to all of the applicants. We're proud to support our community as we work together to ensure a sustainable and resilient water future," Mr Cleary said. 

Dungog Shire Council Mayor, Cr John Connors, welcomed Hunter Water’s investment in projects throughout the Dungog shire.

“It’s pleasing to see Hunter Water reinvesting over 25% of the total funding back into the Dungog shire, given over 80% of the Hunter’s water supply comes from our shire’.

“Our local schools will benefit greatly from the implementation of a water surveying education program, and the creation of a vegetable garden will provide valuable learning experiences for the children at Glen William School. A new water storage tank and solar pump will enable the watering of the fruit trees planted on the river walk at Vacy and, similarly, the provision of a tank at the Gresford Community Park will assist in the maintenance of the arboretum,” Cr Connors said.

For further details on the Love Water Grants program, visit www.hunterwater.com.au/grants.





Kurri Kurri Men's Shed

Planter boxes and irrigation



Dungog District Community of Schools

Water surveying education program



Vacy Country Carnival

Water tank and solar pump



Hunter New England Health

Water tank for existing gardens (Yallarwah Place)



Rutherford Technology High School

Wicking beds for STEM education program



Survivors R Us

Bathroom upgrades, including showers and toilets

Lake Macquarie


Glen William Public School

Water tank and vegetable garden



Canvas Events PR Marketing Co.

MeetPats for local events

Lake Macquarie


Cessnock West Public School

Water tanks (part of larger school upgrades)



Gresford District Community Group

Water tank and gutter repairs



Cooks Hill Surf Life Saving Club

Replacing old taps at the clubhouse



Merewether Surf Life Saving Club

Water tank for equipment wash down



Fingal Beach Surf Life Saving Club

Replace showerheads, taps and dishwasher

Port Stephens


Maitland Community Preschool

Wicking garden beds and Aboriginal mural



RDA Raymond Terrace & Lower Hunter (Riding for the Disabled)

Repair stormwater system, such as downpipes

Port Stephens


Arcadia Vale Public School

Water tank pump and garden irrigation

Lake Macquarie

$ 2,850

Charlestown East Public School P&C Association

Water tank and native garden

Lake Macquarie


Newcastle Rowing Club

Water tank for equipment wash down