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National Water Week

Each year, National Water Week makes a splash across Australia inspiring individuals, communities and organisations to work together, building community awareness and understanding about water issues.

First held in 1993, the week aims to help people understand and take action, inorder to protect and conserve our precious water resources and habitats.

In its 23rd year, National Water Week will be held 15-21 October 2017.

For more information about local National Water Week activities and how to get involved contact us.



Events from National Water Week 2016 - Recycled Water Debate

As part of National Water Week, Damascus College students held a debate about recycled water. Watch their excellent arguments - for and against.



National Water Week Poster Competition - Winners Announced

Primary School students were asked to create a poster reflecting water related issues, which were important and relevant to them and their local area. This year’s theme was ‘Water, Life, Growth.’



Central Highlands Water Chair, Jeremy Johnson announced the winners on 14 October at a special family and media event. 435 fantastic entries were received. Category winners received a bicycle voucher and gift pack, while runner's up received a scooter and gift pack. 



Malakai  - Hepburn PS
Hannah - Waubra PS
Riley - Skipton PS
Matilda - St Michael's PS Springbank

Runner's up

Xavier - Mount Clear PS
Indi - Buninyong PS Scotsburn Campus
Karlee - Phoenix P-12 Community College
Indigo - Gordon PS



Poster entries were invited in four categories.

  • Prep / Foundation
  • Years 1 & 2
  • Years 3 & 4
  • Years 5 & 6

Entries were judged locally with winners in each category submitted for state judging.

Prizes at the state level judging are:

  • $500 cash for the first place recipient in each of the four categories
  • $250 cash for the second place recipient in each of the four categories


Selection Criteria

Winners were chosen using the following criteria:

  • How well the poster conveys water related issues relevant to your area (e.g. inland school posters would not be focussed on ocean activities)
  • How well it can be reproduced to promote National Water Week
  • Appearance: attractively displayed in colour
  • How good it looks from a distance
  • Effective use of art materials
  • Originality of design or innovative concept
  • One entry per student
  • One student per poster


Entry Rules

  • Poster MUST be A3 (30x40cm) in size
  • Any medium, including paper, can be used.
  • Any art material can be used including paint, textas, coloured pencils or collage materials.
  • An official entry form must be securely attached to the back of each poster.
  • Entries must reach Central Highlands Water by 4pm Friday 2 September 2016.
  • State winners and runners-up will be presented during NWW activities in your region. Check out some of the fantastic entries from previous years: http://vicwater.org.au/events-awards/national-water-week

If you have any questions please contact:

Central Highlands Water, Communications Advisor Shannon Haintz via shannon.haintz@chw.net.au or phone: 5320 3251


Central Highland Water Lab Tour

As part of National Water Week Federation University students (Science and Technology), were invited to tour the Central Highlands Water, water testing laboratory.

The students found it valuable to see how the skills they were developing, could be applied in the real world. Students also said it was very useful to understand the responsibilities a NATA accredited lab had in the community.



Kirks Reservoir Tour

National Water Week focuses on habitat as well as water sustainability. As part of the National week students from St Alipius Parish School primary took part in a hike along the Living Water Trail, tree planting, a Water Watch presentation and a tour of Kirks Reservoir.