SEW Community Grants Program 2024 Announcement

Caption: L-R: South East Water Managing Director, Lara Olsen; Rotary Club of Cranbourne Secretary, Lloma Shaw; Rotary Club of Cranbourne President, Kathy Dunscombe; Cranbourne West Primary School students Alysha and Pheobe; Member for Cranbourne, Pauline Richards MP; Cranbourne West Primary School Principal, Andrew Bergmeier; Water Minister, Harriet Shing MP.

South East Water is proud to announce the recipients of its annual Community Grants program, with $140,000 awarded to 22 community groups across Melbourne’s south-east.

Minister for Water, Harriet Shing joined South East Water to announce the successful grant recipients, including the Rotary Club of Cranbourne who’ll use their funding to deliver the Water Wise Wallies project, in partnership with Cranbourne West Primary School.

Rotary Club of Cranbourne Secretary, Lloma Shaw said the club had supported Cranbourne West Primary School for many years to develop their vegetable garden into an integral component of the school’s curriculum.

“Students have learned to grow, tend, harvest and cook a range of fresh vegetables in meals for the school’s brunch club, or for distribution to families.

“The South East Water grant will help us purchase 2 rainwater tanks for the school’s vegetable garden, to help students learn the importance of catching and retaining water in times of need to keep the garden green all year round,” said Ms Shaw.

South East Water Managing Director, Lara Olsen congratulated all 22 grant recipients and commended them on their valuable contributions towards supporting a thriving, more liveable community.

“We’re excited to support a broad range of projects to help make communities better places to live, including essential food relief, accessible programs for people living with a disability, and health and wellbeing support for refugee communities.

“We especially want to recognise the hard work of the many volunteers behind these important community projects. We look forward to the broad range of benefits they’ll deliver for customers, community and the environment,” said Ms Olsen.

Now in its fifth year, South East Water’s annual Community Grants program has awarded more than $475,000 to 88 community groups to deliver projects that enhance water security and knowledge, protect the environment, support vulnerable community members and help people be more active and connected.

View all community group recipients of the 2024 program at

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