A new disabled aqua therapy program, all-abilities sporting carnival and project to restore the historic Beltana Weir are among the 11 successful recipients of financial or in-kind support announced today as part of SA Water's Community Partnerships Program for 2019.
This year, the program is providing $75,000 to help local community groups deliver events and projects that aim to foster a better life across regional and metropolitan South Australia.
SA Water's General Manager Customers, Strategy and Innovation Anna Jackson said the call-out for ideas from community groups and projects saw an overwhelming response from across South Australia.
"We had 116 applications which is more than double the amount of applications received for our 2018 program and narrowing the field down to our final list was tough given the amazing range of community groups and events," Anna said.
"It's clear that so many of our customers have programs and events that make a difference to the lives of others in the community, and we can't wait to support this group of 11 deserving recipients throughout the next year as their events come to fruition."
The successful events or programs for 2019 each relate to water use for a better life, ranging from the installation of a disability swing chair that will enable people with mobility challenges to access the Lucindale Community Swimming Pool, to helping purchase refillable water troughs for the Lincoln Park Horse and Human Rehabilitation Centre, which provides equine therapy for defence veterans and the wider public suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
"We are also helping build water-efficient garden wicking beds in Whyalla, and sponsoring a new water-wise gardening project at the Murraylands Migrant Resource Centre to provide a space for people with migrant or refugee backgrounds to come together and learn about native plants and garden care," Anna said.
"Water plays such an important role in society, and beyond its importance to public health and use for fitness and recreational activities, it is vital in sustaining employment and economic development in communities across South Australia."
To see the full list of successful recipients of the 2019 Community Partnerships Program, visit sawater.com.au.
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