South East Water community grant applications now open

21 August 2019 

At South East Water, we’ve launched a new Community Grants program to improve the health and liveability of Port Phillip Bay and Western Port for communities that live, work and play in our region.

Eligible community and charity organisations can now apply for up to $10,000 to support important environmental and recreational projects that benefit the community and ensure the long-term health of our bays. 

Our bays play an important role in the lives of our customers and communities and we want to work with our communities to protect them for future generations.

Our Community and Customer Engagement General Manager, Mikala Hehir said the program was an exciting opportunity for local community groups and organisations to have their projects – and the value they deliver to the community – recognised and supported.

“Melbourne’s south-east is home to some of Victoria’s most beautiful and busiest coastlines, and our bays play a really important role in the lives – and wellbeing – of our customers and the wider community,” Ms Hehir said.

“We don’t take the health of our bays for granted and we’re always looking for ways to minimise our impact on the environment.

“When we developed our Five Year Customer Commitment 2018–23 we made sure we focussed on the things our customers told us mattered most to them. We know our customers want us to support their local communities and protect our environment, and this program is one of the ways we’re keeping this promise,” she added.

“We’re looking forward to receiving lots of applications for our new program. There are so many groups in our community working hard to make our bays, beaches and waterways healthier for everyone, and we want to help them make a difference in the lives of our customers and communities.’

The program stems from a promise in our Five Year Customer Commitment 2018–23 to protect and enhance our environment. We’re doing this in lots of ways, including our planned renewals program and installing sensors in areas where we’ve had sewer spills to identify and prevent future blockages and spills.

The grants are funded by a commitment we made to support local communities impacted by sewer spills. In the last 12 months, beaches were closed in Mount Eliza, Mornington, Black Rock and Brighton due to sewer spills. We encourage groups in and around these areas, and right across our service region, to apply.

It’s just one of the ways we’re staying accountable for our operations and supporting our community.

We know that lots of community groups and organisations share our vision to create a better world and we’re looking forward to working together to make our environment healthier for everyone, now and well into the future.

For more information about our Community Grants program web page.