Cashflow for community water projects

Friends of Blind Creek members Lyn Ward and Cheryl Salmon. (Supplied)

The grass might just be greener in the Sunbury and Macedon Ranges now that nine schools and community groups have picked up water grants valued at $14,000.

Western Water awarded the grants as part of recent National Water Week celebrations.

Funding of 13 projects will include money for tanks, school and community gardens, and environmental projects – a total of more than $19,000.

National Water Week, October 18-25, encourages communities to take action to protect waterways and sources.

St Ambrose Parish School at Woodend, Sunbury’s Goonawarra Primary School and A Step Ahead Early Learning Centre, and St Brigid’s Primary School at Gisborne, each received $1000.

Among their spending plans are a sustainable garden and worm farm, a tank and watering system for community vegetable garden, irrigation equipment and a “chook tractor” for a kitchen garden, and a tank for a children’s garden.

Friends of Blind Creek at Sunbury will use its $2000 grant for new plantings, monitoring water quality and education, while Gisborne Oaks aged-care centre wants to plant a sensory garden in the courtyard of its dementia wing.

Watering systems and gardening equipment were priorities for community gardens at New Gisborne and Sunbury.