WET van drives resourceful message

Published: 17 May 2018

Water education in the Cairns region is about the hit the road, with a brand new interactive classroom on wheels ready to roll into local schools.

Cairns Regional Council’s WET – or WaterWhys Education and Training – Van is decked out with interesting information about water conservation, plus games and a drinking water station.

Mayor Bob Manning today launched the program, with a group of local students being the first to explore the new van.

“This vehicle provides a hands-on approach for children and young people to learn about conserving our most precious resource,” Cr Manning said.

“Education is a key component of the Cairns Water Security Strategy,” Cr Manning said. “As our population increases, so too will the demand on our water supplies.

“By encouraging our youngest generation to take greater ownership of our water resources, we are helping to protect those resources for future years.”

The van will feature activities suitable for difference age groups, including water use scenarios that teach students about how much water is consumed through everyday activities.”

The van’s visit will be accompanied by classroom resources suitable for students from prep to Year 10 through Council’s WaterWhys program.

As well as school visits, the WET Van will become a fixture at Council events, such as the upcoming ECOfiesta on Sunday 3 June.

“This will be the van’s first public appearance – and there couldn’t be a more fitting event,” Cr Manning said. “Visitors to ECOfiesta will be able to have a look inside the van and join in the activities.”

Schools and organisations that would like to book a visit from the WET Van are invited to contact Council.

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Last updated: 17 May 2018