South East Water is proud to support the work of Lighthouse Foundation, which provides homes and therapeutic care for young people at risk of homelessness. 

A rainwater tank was donated to a Lighthouse Foundation home which provides a home, community support and therapeutic care to young women and their children impacted by long-term neglect, abuse and homelessness. 

The rainwater tank is helping residents to learn about water efficiency and enjoy the therapeutic and health benefits of gardening. It’s also expected to help keep water bills stable at the property for Lighthouse Foundation.

Installation of the rainwater tank at the Lighthouse home was carried out by South East Water’s plumbing division, Priority Plumbing. 

South East Water Managing Director, Lara Olsen said South East Water was fortunate to partner with organisations that closely support the health, liveability and affordability of community members within its service area.

“Lighthouse Foundation homes are more than just a roof for people in need, they're family homes that provide comfortable and safe spaces for residents, helping them to heal and thrive.

This initiative was born from our employees, who noted we had a spare rainwater tank at our Aquarevo development in Lyndhurst - then acted with care to find the right community fit. We're so pleased it can now offer the residents at this home a secure storage of rainwater to cultivate their own garden.

This has a practical element, as a space to grow fruit, vegetables and plants and for children to play. But it also has a healing element, given the physical, mental and emotional health benefits associated with gardening."

South East Water Managing Director, Lara Olsen

“South East Water’s installation of a rainwater tank in one of our suburban Lighthouse homes has brought much joy to our young people,” said Susan Barton, Founder of Lighthouse Foundation.

“One of our very young mums, who would otherwise be homeless, has taken real pride in tending to the garden at the home, and she uses gardening as a way to grow fresh ingredients and provide healthy meals for her son. It gives her a real sense of achievement and the rainwater tank is a wonderful addition to the garden.

Thank you to South East Water for your incredible donation and willingness to make beautiful outcomes like this possible." 
Lighthouse Foundation Founder, Susan Barton

Lighthouse Foundation is also a former recipient of South East Water’s Community Grants program, helping to bring community projects to life as part of the utility’s five-year customer commitment to support the community and protect the environment.  
Homelessness week (1-7 August) raises awareness of the 116,000 people experiencing homelessness in Australia on any given night. 
For more information about Community Grants visit: 

Top photo L-R:
Anita McKenzie – Community & Stakeholder Engagement Advisor, South East Water 
Nathan Chandler – Priority Plumbing 
Leonie Adamson – Therapeutic Case Manager, Lighthouse Foundation
Kristal Woodhouse – Priority Plumbing Manager
Will Chandler - Priority Plumbing 
David Jones – Integrated Water Delivery Coordinator, South East Water

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