Educating the community
It is essential to provide the right messages to the community and this is done in various ways, from providing site tours, publishing information, providing educational displays and school education programs.
To publicise our sustainability programs we have a range of different education programs:
- School and community group tours of the Cotter Dam Discovery Trail and to our water and sewerage treatment plants. The tours are tailored to a group’s special learning needs or interests.
- Public information campaigns to inform the community about targeted programs, such as the importance of sustainable water use, through bulletins on local radio, online promotion, newspaper advertisements, published articles and leaflets.
- Information and educational displays at events across the ACT including the Royal Canberra Show, University of Canberra Festival.
- Public open days for the community to learn about Icon Water projects. Our open days at the Cotter Dam in 2013 attracted 10,000 people.
- Support for professional development particularly tertiary education across the region by providing an endowment for PhD research at the Australian National University as well as supporting school learning on topics related to water and sewerage.
- Developed education package for local teachers, producing materials tailored to teacher’s requirements in keeping with the Australian curriculum.
- Provided ongoing support for the Southern ACT Catchment Group’s Education Officer to deliver education about water quality protection to the region’s students.
- Supported local schools, for instance working in partnership with the Lanyon Cluster of Schools and the Southern ACT Catchment Group in Tuggeranong to teach school students how they can protect their drinking water sources through simple actions. 1400 people were involved in this program. This program earned a commendation in the prestigious Keep Australia Beautiful Awards in 2013.