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.

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