6 July 2023

Love is all around: 2023 Love Water Grants announced

Hunter Water has announced 15 recipients of its Love Water Grants program, totalling more than $100,000, following the highest number of applications ever received.

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

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 the local community is committed to providing innovative solutions to help save our most precious resource however they can.”
Minister for Water, Housing and Homelessness, Rose Jackson

“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.”

The Love Water Grants program opens each year on Valentine’s Day (14 February).

This year, in a stroke of serendipity, one of the Love Water Grants recipients is Valentine Hydrotherapy Pools (VHP).

VHP will use the grant funding to upgrade its amenities block to be more water efficient, including installing eight new dual-flush toilet cisterns. The Pools Committee will also put in a 10-thousand-litre water tank.

VHP Committee Member, Lynda Payne, said the organisation is excited and grateful to receive a Love Water grant.

“Our pools serve multiple parts of our community. Our hydrotherapy pool 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 the support to see a much-needed project come to life is wonderful."
VHP Committee Member, Lynda Payne

Hunter Water Managing Director, Darren Cleary, said VHP’s project captured what the Love Water Grants program is all about.

“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,” Mr Cleary said.

“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.”

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

2023 Love Water Grant recipients





Australia's Wildlife Ark Ltd (Aussie Ark)

Hunter Region Endangered Turtle Breeding Program


Multiple - Hunter River

Biraban Local Aboriginal Land Council

Growing Plants for their return to country


Lake Mac

New Lambton Heights Infants School P&C Association

Embedding water conservation ideology and practice into early school life



Fig Tree Community Association

Olla Water Workshops



Australian Sailing

Water conservation and education in sailing clubs in the Lower Hunter


Multiple - Lower Hunter

Valley Village Early Learning Centre

Bush Tucker Garden and Frog habitat Water Conservation



Millers Forest Public School

Millers Forest Garden Water System ('Water' you think about this?)



Maitland Community Men's Shed

Water System Pressure Upgrade



St John's Primary School Lambton

Developing Biodiversity in Our Garden



Trees in Newcastle (TIN)

TIN Water Plan


Lake Mac

St Johns Church Community Garden

Water for community garden


Port Stephens

Valentine Hydrotherapy Pools Inc

Love Water Saving - Step 1


Lake Mac

Clarence Town Public School

Connections for Our Climate



PCYC (OzHarvest)

Nourish Community Garden


Lake Mac

Lodge Paxton 608

Water efficiency project