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Schools Water Efficiency Program

The Schools Water Efficiency Program (SWEP) helps schools find leaks, save water and promote water education in your school.

The program is now free to schools in the Central Highlands Water region. We are subsidising the program costs (normally $300 plus GST for three years) to all schools in our service region, making participation in the program completely free

To take up this offer, please phone CHW Education Officer, Shannon Haintz on 5320 3251 or email us.

To register for SWEP or for more information, visit  



Reconciliation Action Plan

On 26 February, we launced our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan, endorsed by Reconciliation Australia.

The Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) program provides a framework for organisations to support the national reconciliation movement and is our commitment to reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Read our RAP here

For teaching resources about reconciliation, visit:



Education program 2019

We are now offering face-to-face sessions and tours one week per term to maximise the benefits of our education program to all schools.

This term we will offer tours or classroom visits from Tuesday 26 March to Friday 29 March. To register your interest, please email us.

We also offer a range of curriculum aligned resources:



Ballarat Begonia Festival craft turtle competition

Thank you to everyone who entered the Begonia Festival craft turtle competition. We received 30 wonderfully imaginative turtles made out of recycled materials.

See the winners here





Butterfly and bird gardens

Another attraction at this year's Begonia Festival was our fantastic insect hotel and garden display. The plants were generously loaned to us by Formosa Gardens Nursery.

Our brand new information sheets outline how you can attract butterflies and birds to your garden. There are also instructions on how to build your very own insect hotel!

Insect hotel

Powerful critters with impact

Paradise for small birds



World Water Day

This year, the theme for World Water Day (22 March) is 'Leaving no one behind'. Whoever you are, wherever you are, water is your human right.

For more information and resources, visit:




Sponsorship program

Round One of our sponsorship program will be open for applications from Monday 1 April.

We are proud to support community and cultural events, sporting groups and schools in our service region. We can provide water bottles for events or financial support to develop community partnerships.

We will consider applications for events or groups that have a water, sustainability or waste wise focus.

For more information and application forms, visit:




Past editions

Education news November 2018

National Water Week poster competition winners

Winners of the National Water Week poster competition were announced during National Water Week.


The winners were...

Prep – Emma, Hepburn Primary School

Years 1 /2 – Declan, Hepburn Primary School

Years 3 /4 – Lyla, Skipton Primary School

Years 5 /6 – Callum, Hepburn Primary School

Runners up

Prep – George, Skipton Primary School

Years 1 /2 – Olivia, Skipton Primary School

Years 3 /4 – Nicole, Phoenix P-12 Community College

Years 5 /6 – Roza, Waubra Primary School

Honourable mention

Years 1 /2 – Will, St Augustine’s Primary School Creswick

Years 5 /6 – Maddison, St Aloysius Parish School


Congratulations to all prize winners!


Presentation from Phoenix P-12 Community College students

Phoenix P-12 Year 10 students completed a Mindshop Excellence project (during National Science Week in August) at Ballarat Tech Shool and presented their findings to our staff. They created a concept to redesign our water play area at Kirks Reservoir Park outdoor education centre. To find out more about this project contact us.




Be Smart Choose Tap education resources

Our new Be Smart Choose Tap education program is now available online. Find lesson plans, resources and activities about water for primary students. Topics include: water for health, water for hydration and water for our environment.

Find Be Smart Choose Tap resources here




National Recycling Week

Planet Ark's theme for National Recycling Week 2018 is ‘From Waste War to Recycling Reboot’ and will explore the impact of the War on Waste and China's waste policies on Australia, the opportunities and positive waste stories emerging and the tools making it easier for you to reboot recycling.




Food is Free Ballarat

Food security is a considerable issue in Ballarat with only 6.4% of our population eating the required daily vegetable intake.

Green Space will provide:

  • education classes on growing produce at home
  • free self-sufficiency workshops (particularly targeted at people at risk)
  • a space for the general public to drop off their green recyclables (egg cartons, veggie scraps, toilet roll holders etc.)
  • a space for volunteers and community groups wanting a free garden bed to gain new skills, to make soil and grow food.

Read more about Food is Free Ballarat here




World Toilet Day

The theme for World Toilet Day 2018 is toilets in nature. It is about taking action to ensure that everyone in the world has a safe toilet by 2030. This is part of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: sanitation and water.

We support Water Aid to allow people in the poorest countries access to clean water and decent toilets.

Find out about WaterAid



Competitions and grants

Find out more about competitions and grants available to your school, kinder or early learning centre.

Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants (closes 3 pm, 23 November)

Smart Approved WaterMark National Water Week Schools promotion (closes 30 November)





Education news July - September 2018

National Water Week Poster Competition

The National Water Week poster competition is now open for entries. The theme for this year's National Water Week is Water for me, water for all.

The poster competition encourages young people and the wider community to think about how we use water and how we can protect it so we have it in the future. It also gives us an opportunity to start conversations and encourage people to learn more about the value of water.

More information and entry forms


Be Smart Choose Tap Ambassadors

As part of our sponsorship program, we support the Selkirk Sovereigns netball team, the Miners/Rush basketball teams, Hockey Ballarat, Steve Moneghetti and Zoe Hives, professional tennis player. Members from these teams can come to your school to talk about the importance of staying healthy and hydrated by drinking tap water.

Please contact us if you’d like more information.


National Science Week (11 – 19 August)

The theme for this year is Game Changers and Change Makers which encompasses individuals, teams, technologies or ideas.

The theme takes inspiration from three significant celebrations in 2018:

  • 200th  anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (genetic engineering, biotechnologies, prosthetics, bionics, genetic modification, brain enhancement and ethics);
  • 40th anniversary of the birth of the first IVF baby (genetic engineering, biotechnology, nanotechnology);
  • International Year of the Reef (coral reefs and the scientists who study them).

Ideas and activities for your school


National Tree Day (27 July Schools Tree Day)

Planet Ark is asking active Australians to help plant one million new native trees and shrubs across the country. Each year about 300,000 people volunteer their time to engage in environmental activities that education individuals about the world around them.

At CHW, staff will be planting an edible native garden at our Learmonth Road office. Species like lilly pillies, bush tomatoes, native herbs and quandongs will be planted.

More information for your school


Biodiversity Month (September)

Kirks Reservoir Park and Gong Gong Reservoir Park are catchment areas for Ballarat’s drinking water supply. They are also home to many native plants and animals.

Biodiversity month is held in September each year and aims to promote the importance of protecting, conserving and improving biodiversity within Australia and across the world.

More information

CHW’s recreational areas