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15 September 2021 Posted by 


School students learn about stormwater run-off
A PROJECT aimed at teaching local secondary school students about how stormwater run-off can impact the environment has received $10,000 in funding as part of Sydney Water’s 2021 Community Grants Program.
The project titled Float It-secondary schools design challenge, is run by community group Good for the Hood and will see up to 70 student representatives from schools in the City of Blacktown and City of Parramatta local council areas, take part in a one-day workshop that will highlight contamination challenges in their local water catchments and encourage student-led, place-based design solutions.
These designs can be taken back to schools and implemented on campus to improve stormwater run-off.
Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education and Member for Parramatta, Dr Geoff Lee said it’s fantastic to see this funding allocated to an engaging project that will have students designing and implementing their own solutions to areal-world issue in our community.
“Our schools provide the best environment for our future generations to learn about how they can work together to improve their natural surroundings,” Dr Lee said.
As part of the Community Grants Program, six community groups will each receive funding of $10,000for projects aimed at improving the way we value and care for water in our communities today and into the future. These projects have also been selected for their ability to generate environmental, social, economic or cultural benefits for their local communities.
Minister for Water, Housing and Property, Melinda Pavey said it is so encouraging to see how passionate our community is when it comes to improving water security for our future.
“Water is our most precious resource and to have such a significant number of applications come from hugely diverse groups is reassuring as we see the immense passion, as well as a shared focus on building water knowledge across cultures and generations,” Minister Pavey said.
“I’d like to extend a huge congratulations to the six groups who have been selected as recipients for Sydney Water’s 2021 Community Grants,” Mrs Pavey said.
This year, the Community Grants Program was reshaped to align with Sydney Water’s vision for the future. A vision which is centred around creating a better life with world-class water services to deliver better outcomes for all and support a thriving, liveable and sustainable city. 
Sydney Water’s General Manager of Customer, Strategy & Engagement, Maryanne Graham, said each and everyone of our applicants are consciously striving to make a difference in water literacy.
We truly believe that a higher level of water education empowers people to share their ideas and discuss important topics such as water resilience, reliable water supply and the role of water in the environment, all of which help inform our planning for Greater Sydney,” Ms Graham said.
For more information on Sydney Water’s Community Grants Program, visit:


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