We received proposals from four community groups in the affected areas outlining how they would like to use the $5,000 donation.
In February this year, a precautionary boil water alert was put in place for the townships of Hernes Oak, Moe, Moe South, Newborough, Trafalgar East, Westbury, Yallourn, Yallourn Heights and Yallourn North.
The alert came after a wet weather event that caused an issue at our Moe Water Treatment Plant. Since then, we’ve been working to strengthen the protections we have in place to prevent this kind of incident from happening again.
Back in 2017, we developed guaranteed service levels based on feedback from our customers. Our customers told us then that if a boil water event took place, we should donate $5,000 to a local community initiative in the area as compensation.
We received proposals from community groups outlining the initiatives they would like to put this money towards and asked the affected areas for their feedback on who should receive the donation.
We’re pleased to announce that Moe Apex will receive the $5,000 donation.
Moe Apex has partnered with Bechaz Art Designs and Latrobe City Council to deliver a two day art festival in March 2021. They will use the donation to help run the festival. The festival will feature artists, talented musicians, and an arts and craft market. As part of the festival, they’ll be working to remove graffiti and add artwork along the Moe Yallourn Rail Trail. A colour fun run and a monster raffle will be held with all funding going towards mental health. Not-for-profit health insurer Latrobe Health, Latrobe Mental Health Services, Beyond Blue, and Lifeline will have representatives there to discuss community wellbeing and public health.
The art festival aims to improve the spirits and mental health of artists and the local community and will collaborate with other community groups such as Newborough Men's Shed, Moe Lions Club, Moe Art Society, Moartz, Neighbourhood House and Primary and Secondary Schools. The ongoing installation of artwork along the Moe Yallourn Rail Trail and promoting it as an ‘Art Trail’ will encourage locals and visitors to use the trail and boost tourism.
Moe Apex is part of Apex Australia who focus on transforming communities at both a grass roots level and through raising millions of dollars for causes such as the Royal Flying Doctors, Autism, Craniofacial Surgery, disadvantaged children and families affected by cancer. Moe Apex has a long history in organising festivals since 1982.
Thank you to all who took part in the survey to help us decide which
community group receives the donation.
In November, we reached out to all not-for-profit community groups in the affected area to ask them how they would use the money to benefit their local community.
We received these proposals and invited customers in Hernes Oak, Moe, Moe South, Newborough, Trafalgar East, Westbury, Yallourn, Yallourn Heights, and Yallourn North to help us decide which community group will receive the $5,000 community donation.
To be considered, the proposals must:
We are unable to support projects or initiatives that align with:
Community feedback through the survey was open until 11.59pm Sunday 3 January 2021.
No. We only invited insight from those from the affected area.
This includes Hernes Oak, Moe, Moe South, Newborough, Trafalgar East, Westbury, Yallourn, Yallourn Heights, and Yallourn North residents.
We announced that Moe Apex would receive the donation on Thursday 21 January 2021.
We announced this through a media release to our local
newspapers, and promoting on social media.
For enquiries or more information about the community donation, please
contact us on 1800 050 500.