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.