ResourceSmart School Trip to Melbourne

I was one of the people that represented our school at the ResourceSmart Schools Awards in Melbourne. This is my letter of thanks on behalf of our school.

Mildura West Primary School

Ninth St.,

Mildura 3500

30th November 2009

Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to attend the ResourceSmart Awards in Melbourne. It is very important for everyone to learn about sustainability and the things we can all do to save our planet. Turning off taps and using lights only when necessary are easy things for everyone to do.  I hope that the next generation does this all automatically so we don’t have to remind everyone.

I especially liked receiving an orange Tupperware rubbish free lunch box as I am going to secondary college next year and will be able to use this and maybe show some of the people there how we can be rubbish free.

It was fun meeting so many different people at the Awards and finding out that many schools participate all doing lots of great things to help the environment. Sometimes I wish we were closer to Melbourne so we could visit some of the schools doing all their different projects and meet the kids involved.

I was so excited when our school was called out as one of the winners for the Rubbish Free Lunch because my job every Wednesday is to collate the information from all the classes so we don’t miss anyone. Then when we were called out as the winner of the Waste ResourceSmart School; I was even more excited because one of the things we did was to collect so many milk bottles to make a special seat at Rio Vista Park as a tribute for all the people that have had or have breast cancer. I was proud because I thought of this idea. Thank you so much for providing the prize as now we will be able to come up with many more ideas and more partnerships with our community.

Next year I hope Mildura West continues to be involved in ResourceSmart as I have learned so much over the 7 years I have been at the school.

Thank you once again for giving me the opportunity to travel to Melbourne to attend the Awards. It is something I will never forget.

Yours sincerely




Lock 9 and Wallpolla Island Excursion

We learnt so much when we went to Lock 9 and Wallpolla Island. The river is regulated in many different ways. I thought it was very interesting seeing the fish ladder at Lock 9. I have never really thought about how the fish would migrate with weirs and locks in the rivers. Fish Ladders are a good idea.



Whoosh! The plane lifted off and eight of us  representing  Mildura West and regional Victoria  were off to the Melbourne Water Conference. We landed in Melbourne and caught a maxi taxi to the hotel where we stayed not far from the Etihad Stadium.

The Conference was held at the Etihad Stadium and we had been invited to present the topic: ‘Creating Water Smart Cities – a country perspective.’ This was a Main Stage performance so that we could show the city kids that we also need to be careful how we use water in the country. Our presentation was about our region being a very important food bowl and we wanted the audience to understand the following messages:

  • Be smart and save water wherever you live.
  • Don’t use flood irrigation use drip irrigation because it saves water.
  • The Sunraysia region grows most of the food that is eaten in Melbourne and also 21% of the wine grape crush!
  • That we country kids are trying to save water too.
  • We also need to create water smart country areas too not just water smart cities.
  • Mildura is important food wise and is also water wise.

 Our play used a variety of characters to show the changes people have to make due to reduced water allocation and that it can be done and still food can be grown.

More than a Water Conference

For World Environment Day as part of the Conference activities held at the Melbourne Zoo;  we  had the opportunity to build bird boxes sponsored by Bunnings. These boxes were then taken to Kinglake West to help the bird life return to the bushfire areas. We built the boxes by nailing the walls to the base, then nailing on the roof. Everyone in our group of four took turns hammering and we also added a stake to the box. The best part was drawing on the boxes. To help the birds we drew pictures of species that are found in the Kinglake area and an arrow to the hole in the box to show where the bird could enter.

The most important things we learnt at the Melbourne Water Conference were:

  • That everyone was trying to get their towns or suburbs to save water.
  • Everyone not just country kids are trying to save water.
  • Save water and don’t waste it wherever you are
  • How to make bird boxes to help birds return to fire ravaged areas as well as saving water.
  • Soils use different amounts of water so we need to know what soils are the best to plant in to save water.
  • That we can all make difference.
  • Being WATERWISE is everyone’s business!
  • Every drop of water is precious and needs to be used wisely.

We would like to thank our mentors Paula Robinson from Mallee Catchment Authority and Maxine Schache DPI.

Amelia, Teagan, Indi, Jake, James, Ashley, Courtney  and Abbey.  Mildura West Year 6 students.




 When we went to the Melbourne Water Conference we had great fun on the travelators at the airport. They are like an escalator but don’t go up or down. They are flat and horizontal and move just like an escalator. I found some information.


 YOUR flight leaves in 10 minutes and you’ve only just made it through security. As you run to your gate you come to a corridor with a moving walkway. Should you hop on?

 Airport travelators actually slow passengers down!  Have you ever wondered how much time you can save by walking on travelators at the airport? It might not be as much as you think.

A recent study by Manoj Srinivasan, a human movement researcher at Princeton University, used maths to analyse how people travel on these walkways. Manoj created two mathematical models. One assumes that people walk in a way that minimises their energy use. The other looks at the way we interpret signals from our eyes and legs.

 The models predict that people stepping onto a travelator slow their walking by about half the speed of the travelator. This could be to save energy or to close the difference between the speed that we see and the speed that our leg muscles are actually taking us.

It is predicted that a travelator will only shave off about 11 seconds when travelling 100 metres – even under the best conditions when there is no one blocking the way and no baggage.

Seth Young, a researcher now at Ohio State University, observed travellers at San Francisco and Cleveland airports. Seth found that it tends to take longer to use the travelator than to walk because it is likely that other travellers will block the way.

 On the other hand – despite the possibility of it taking longer to get from A to B – these walkways do reduce the distance that you walk. This saves energy, allowing tired travellers to rest.

Travelators are great fun for kids!