Water education tours & visits

Water education tour

We have a number of resources available to school teacher and students as well as community groups and residents in the region. This includes:

  1. Online resources
  2. Guided tours of some of our facilities
  3. Council staff available for face-to-face presentations and workshops
  4. Support services to teachers in developing water and waste related work units.

Guided tours

Free tours of the following facilities are available 

Water treatment plant - Mt Kynoch

This 60 minute walk-through will provide visitors an overview of the water treatment process for a city and allows time for questions. Visitors will get to see and interact with staff working at the facility. Closed footwear is required and a number of steps are required to be negotiated.

Sewerage treatment plant - Cranley

This 60 minute walk-through and/or bus tour will provide visitors an overview of the wastewater reclamation process for a city and allows time for questions. Visitors will get to see and interact with staff working at the facility. Closed footwear is required and a number of steps are required to be negotiated.

Cooby Dam

This 1 to 2 hour tour will provide visitors an overview of the water storage and pumping process for a city and allows time for questions. Visitors will get to view working equipment and walk along the dam wall. Closed footwear is required and a number of steps are required to be negotiated.

 

Tour booking guidelines

For all tours of water facilities

  • All tours are guided by either operational staff and/or one of council's educators.
  • There are no fees or charges for these services.
  • Participating community groups and schools are responsible for providing a bus to transport participants to and from the site (and around the facility where applicable).
  • All participants including the visiting group leader are required to follow the tour guide's instructions.
  • Teachers and any accompanying adults are expected to provide active supervision of their student group.
  • Book through us.

Information required when making a booking

  • Date of proposed tour (provide at least 2 alternative dates).
  • Type of tour (e.g. Mt Kynoch, Wetalla, Cooby Dam, or a combination).
  • Name of School or community group.
  • Times preferred (see specific guidelines below).
  • Contact’s details: 
    • name of contact person.
    • telephone number.
    • e-mail address.
    • postal address.
  • Year classification/age range of group.
  • Number of students and/or number of adults .
  • Study focus or interest focus of group (eg neighbourhood watch, seniors, gardening group). This can be refined in consultation with water and waste educator at the time of booking a visit.

For school groups it would be helpful if teacher-designed tasks could be provided for operators/educator prior to visit. 

 

Specific requirements apply to each site

Cooby Dam (only available as a guided tour)

Tours are available any morning from 9am (Mon–Fri).  Combined tours  (with Mt Kynoch and/or Wetalla) are ONLY available on Tuesday and Thursday

  • Class groups to be no larger than 30 plus 2 supervising adults. Larger groups can be accommodated but will operate as a split group.
  • Solid closed in shoes are needed for safety on the tracks. Hats and sunscreen are recommended.

Water Treatment Plant (Mt Kynoch)

Tours are available on Tuesday or Thursday (1 hour tours from starting 9.30am; latest start 1.30 pm).

  • Walking on-site tour available for primary (grades 3 to 7), high school, TAFE, USQ and community groups.
  • Introductory audio-visual provided in training room followed by an on-site visit.
  • 12-15 people per group (class groups over 15 to be split into smaller groups of 12-15 students.
  • Minimum of one adult supervisor per class group.

Water Reclamation Facility (Wetalla)

Tours are available on Tuesday or Thursday (1 hour tours starting from 9.30am; latest start 1.30 pm).

  • Bus tours are conducted for primary school and middle school students (grades 3-9).
  • Walking tours may be conducted for senior high school (grades 10-12), TAFE and USQ students.
  • Introductory audio-visual in training room with the on-site visit.
  • 12-15 per group for walking tours (class groups over 15 to be split into smaller groups of 12-15 students).
  • Minimum of one adult supervisor per class group.

 

Booking an educator's visit

If your community group or school would like a visit from one of our Water and Waste educators, the following guidelines are designed to help you make a booking for a guest speaker to attend your meeting or visit your classroom. Our educators can speak on a range of topics related to water and waste management.

Topics might include:

  • Water supply (surface and groundwater)
  • Catchments
  • Water use and conservation
  • Water efficient gardening
  • Water cycle
  • Water and wastewater treatment

Information required when making a booking

  • Date of proposed visit (provide at least 2 alternative dates).
  • Name of school or community group.
  • Location of school or meeting place of group (if requiring a visit).
  • Times preferred.
  • Contact’s details 
    • Name of contact person
    • Telephone number
    • E-mail address
    • Postal address
  • Year classification/age range of group.
  • Number of students and/or number of adults.
  • Study focus or interest focus of group (eg neighbourhood watch, seniors, gardening group). This can be refined in consultation with the Water and Waste Educator at the time of booking a visit.

For school groups it would be helpful if teacher-designed tasks could be provided for the educator/s prior to their visit.

 

Contact details

Call 131 872 and ask for the Water and Waste Education section. 

Last Updated: Thursday, 20 September 2018 09:17
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