Community event funding flows

Wyndham Park Community Centre volunteer Joseph Moretto is keen to save water in the site's community garden (photo taken just before lockdown). (Damjan Janevski). 246179_01

Greater Western Water has awarded $33,000 in funding to 16 community groups across its catchment.

The water authority officially began operating last month, after Western Water and City West Water were integrated to deliver water services to 1.2 million people.

The Greater Western Water sponsorship program has been launched to support not-for-profit events across Melbourne’s CBD, western suburbs and surrounding regional townships.

Funding has been provided for COVIDSafe online and face-to-face activities planned for the remainder of this year.

All the events will educate people about the value of water in everyday life, such as ways to save water at home.

Greater Western Water’s general manager of strategy and planning, Richard Smith, said sharing community values and interests was at the heart of the new organisation.

“Our role goes beyond providing an essential service, we’re also partners in the life of our community and are committed to supporting events that bring people together,” he said.

One project to receive funding is the Wyndham Wetlands Festival, which will be hosted at the Wyndham Park Community Centre in Werribee.

The event will include water-wise gardening workshops, water-cycle education and tips on alternative ways to use water.

The community centre will set a date for the festival when COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed.

Other Wyndham projects to be allocated funding include the Christmas at the Lake event in Point Cook and a Werribee River Association photo competition.

The Wyndham Community and Education Centre will receive funding to participate in the Wyndham Learning Festival.

Information about Greater Western Water’s 2022 community sponsorship program will be available later this year. Details: