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Drinking water project at Knob Reserve in Stratford connects Gunaikurnai community and local residents

Joint project by Gippsland Water and GLaWAC brings drinking water to Knob Reserve, benefiting Gunaikurnai community and promoting cultural values. Water fountains with local artwork to be installed.

By news@gippsland - 14th July 2023 - Back to News

Drinking water will be available on Country at the Knob Reserve in Stratford when a joint project between Gippsland Water and the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) is completed later this year. Gippsland Water Managing Director Sarah Cumming was excited to announce the project, which involves constructing a new water main that will connect the drinking water network to supply the reserve.

Gippsland Water to connect drinking water network to Knob Reserve, delighting Managing Director Sarah Cumming and Committee Chair Cath Thomas

Gippsland Water to connect drinking water network to Knob Reserve, delighting Managing Director Sarah Cumming and Committee Chair Cath Thomas

Water access enhancement

Ms Cumming said, "We're so pleased to provide drinking water to the Knob Reserve - a location that's so significant to Gunaikurnai Traditional Owners and the local Stratford community. Whether visiting the lookout, taking your dog for a walk or enjoying a BBQ with the family, there'll be a water fountain nearby to easily quench your thirst or fill up your bottle."

The Knob Reserve is jointly managed by GLaWAC and the Victorian government and administered by the Knob Reserve Committee of Management. Committee Chair Cath Thomas was delighted to have water fountains installed on such a significant site. "As Traditional Owners, we have a responsibility to care for the country and protect our cultural values and heritage."

"Providing drinking fountains will reduce people's reliance on bringing bottled water to the reserve and highlights the importance of this essential resource for our health and well-being," Ms Thomas said.

Cultural water artworks

The water fountains will feature artworks by local artist Robbie Farnham, celebrating the unique living culture of the Gunaikurnai community and their connection to water. Having water connected to the site also means it can be used more frequently as a meeting place to support knowledge sharing and cultural events.

Gippsland Water is closely managing construction so that it doesn't disturb the significant cultural values of the reserve. The project is expected to be complete with water fountains ready to use this calendar year. The project is jointly funded by Gippsland Water, GLaWAC and the Victorian government's Integrated Water Management Program.

Pictures from Gippsland Water website.


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