Children inspired to protect our precious groundwater

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A shared desire to learn about Western Australia’s precious groundwater recently united more than 650 primary school children at Perth’s Whiteman Park.
DWER engaging students at Children's Gnangara groundwater festival 2022

The Gnangara Children’s Groundwater Festival generated awareness of caring, conserving and protecting WA's groundwater together with the environment it supports.

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation was a major sponsor of the festival, which attracted Years 4 to 7 school students and their teachers to Whiteman Park.

Students took part in a variety of lively interactive and exploratory activities to learn about the importance of water in a fun and memorable way.

Hands-on activities, discussions, demonstrations, displays and exhibits challenged students to learn more about the importance of groundwater, to them as individuals, and society at large.

Department Senior Water Planning Officer, Joshua Tjioe, said given groundwater is not visible activities had to be planned to help students’ understanding of the resource and the important role it plays in WA’s unique biodiversity.

“It was great to see the kids so passionate about learning and protecting our waterways, wildlife and the environment.

“The groundwater festival is such a valuable water source protection event, and Whiteman Park is located within one of Perth’s legally protected public drinking water source areas, the Gnangara underground water pollution control area,” said Joshua.

The department’s sponsorship of the festival was part of an action under the Kep Katitjin – Gabi Kaadadjan – Waterwise Perth action plan 2 that aims to raise awareness of water’s importance and strengthen community connection to local water stories and environment through community partnerships and programs.

Page reviewed 24 November 2022