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Water Resource and Catchment Managers join forces for National Water Week 2001

National Water Week is again being held this year, between the dates of October 14-20

By Gippsland Water - 3rd October 2001 - Back to News

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National Water Week is again being held this year, between the dates of October 14-20. National Water Week is an event held each year throughout Australia to involve the community in protecting and conserving our precious water resources. In a new initiative, Gippsland’s water resource and catchment managers have joined forces to promote the importance of water and its role in contributing to the health and well being of Gippsland’s people, environment and the economy.

The newly formed Gippsland Regional Water Week Committee is made up of representatives from Gippsland Water, the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, Southern Rural Water, Waterwatch Gippsland, Environment Protection Authority Gippsland and Natural Resources and Environment.

Grantley Switzer from Gippsland Water said, "In the past, water resource and catchment managers have arranged some great events, but have done so independently. By working together over the past few months, we believe we have come up with a National Water Week program which will educate people on all elements of the water cycle. The activities being conducted will promote the protection, rehabilitation and improvement of our streams, wetlands, waterways, beaches and estuaries, as well as communicating the importance of water conservation".

Already, photography and poster competitions are under way with a large number of entries received. Community and school bus tours will be conducted in the areas surrounding Warragul, Morwell and Maffra during National Water Week. These tours will take in water related sites such as research farms, lakes, rivers, wetlands and water treatment plants.

"Expert commentary will be given to inform participants about how these sites and others contribute to ‘keeping water healthy for life’, which is the national theme for Water Week. We hope the people of Gippsland get behind these activities as the more people who are educated on the importance of maintaining our waterways, the better off we will be as a region", Mr Switzer added.

For information on what is happening in their area, people are encouraged to contact the following people:

  • Maffra/Sale region – Vere Grey , Southern Rural Water : 5139 3162
  • Morwell/Traralgon region – Dale Simmons, West Gippsland CMA : 5175 7800
  • Warragul/Drouin region – Grantley Switzer, Gippsland Water : 5177 4777


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