12 October 2021

Goulburn Valley Water has teamed up with the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning and water organisations from around the state to provide exciting online educational experiences for this year’s National Water Week.

Explore your Backyard is an online learning festival celebrating and nurturing our connection to Country and water during National Water Week.

Goulburn Valley Water Managing Director Steve Capewell said Explore your Backyard will focus on water efficiency and exploring nature in the local area – whether it be a local waterway, vegie patch or a balcony garden.

“The activities and events have been designed to suit a range of ages, interests, topics and learning goals and can be accessed from home or classrooms,” Dr Capewell said.

“We hope participants have a bit of fun, learn something new and enjoy exploring their backyard.”

This is the second year water organisations from across the state have teamed up to provide Victorians with virtual learning experiences for National Water Week.

“After the success of last year’s inaugural learning festival and uncertainty around coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, it made sense for us to work together to bring back a bigger and better online event this year,” Dr Capewell said.

The event will be launched by Costa the Garden Gnome, with an exclusive Facebook Live chat at 4pm on Sunday 17 October. It will then continue through to 24 October.

The festival will also feature live webinars, on-demand workshops, tours, videos and resources, all designed to get everyone outside and using water efficiently.

To register or find out more visit www.gvwater.vic.gov.au/community/national-water-week

National Water Week makes a splash across Australia during the third week of October each year. This year it runs from 18–24 October.