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New resource teaches importance of conserving water


A new unique learning resource is helping young people learn the value of water.

Launched today, during National Reconciliation Week, Where’s Our Water? is a free children’s eBook that tells a new story about native animals living around the Hunter River.

The story draws on on the traditional wisdom and practices of Aboriginal people in caring for our land and waterways.

For the past six months, Hunter Water has been working with the University of Newcastle and the Awabakal and Worimi communities to create the story with 10 Aboriginal students from Newcastle High School.

Hunter-based Aboriginal artist Saretta Fielding said it was a privilege to be part of this project and to help bring this story to life.

“I’m particularly proud that the story has been developed in two versions to incorporate the traditional languages of the Awabakal and Worimi peoples, demonstrating the shared value of this resource within our community,” Ms Fielding said.

The students worked together to create the concept and storyline, developing the narrative for Where’s Our Water? over the course of four full-day interactive workshops.

Hunter Water’s Education Coordinator Kristy Ratcliffe said Where’s Our Water? has been made widely available on Hunter Water’s website.

“We’ve made this free resource available for everyone in our community so that it can be shared and enjoyed,” she said.

“It will be a valuable tool for engaging with our local school community.

“In addition, we plan to produce a range of complementary online learning resources to help spread the water conservation message and raise awareness among our younger generation.”

Go to Hunter Water’s website for more information. Read the story below.

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