We invite you to take advantage of the following services, products and online resources that are available to schools (teachers and students) as well as community groups and residents in the Toowoomba region.We have an education program which offers tours of some of our water and waste infrastructure, hosted by the operators of the particular facility.
Our Water and Waste educators are also available to visit community groups and classrooms as guest speakers or offer professional support to teachers in developing water and waste related work units.To find out more about the council's Water and Waste education program contact us - the Water and Waste Education team.
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 TRC 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. Book through Council by phoning 131 872 and ask for Water and Waste Education (Extension 6290).
Topics might include:
|Water Topics||Waste Topics|
|Water supply (surface and groundwater)||Waste management and material recovery|
|How a landfill works|
Water use and conservation
|Managing environmental issues in a landfill|
Water efficient gardening
|Reduce, reuse, recycle|
|Composting and worm farming|
Water and Wastewater treatment
|Litter free lunches|
These services are provided free of charge; however, bookings are essential for all tours and visits. Bookings for a tour or visit can be made by contacting us. Please refer to booking guidelines (see article below) before booking your tour or visit.
Council's WaterWise team have developed, produced and released news updates, DVDs, brochures and factsheets, and identified useful website links related to water studies. The following are a list of resources produced by Council for use in schools and the general community. New ones related to waste and recycling are currently being developed.
If you are looking for some interesting educational websites try some of these. They include some very informative and creative interactive sites suitable for classroom work or individual extension work.
There are some really useful resources being produced around Australia to support and complement high school syllabi. The web links menu provides access to some of these sites. Our WaterWise education unit can assist teachers with local information from Toowoomba Regional Council, and are happy to visit your classroom to speak with your students.
Variety in presentation and out of the ordinary learning experiences can enhance classroom learning.
For information on people that can assist with classroom activities and provide other water-related resources please contact us - the WaterWise Education team.
For assistance with outdoor activities such as creek walks and water quality monitoring of local creeks, it is best to contact either:
Another source of local information is Qld Museum Learning - Cobb & Co. Museum
Monitoring of Gowrie or any other creek within the region is a good hands-on exercise for students and provides relevance and value to their studies about catchments and water quality issues.
If your school is interested in, or has been, measuring water quality along your local creek, you can:
• Adopt creek sections to remove weeds and rubbish
• Participate in bio-monitoring of macro-invertebrates and water quality;
• Post data on the World Water Monitoring Day website;
• Celebrate achievements made along your local creek through the World Water Monitoring Day activities and awards;
• Hire water quality monitoring equipment from the Landcare Discovery Centre, QMDC, at corner of Campbell and Bellevue streets, Toowoomba.
Students from Years 6 and 7 at Drayton State School recently produced two pieces of drama which focused on the importance of healthy catchments.
The first piece by Year 6 students featured the evil ‘Algae Man’ who, with his pet crocodile, spread algae wherever he went. Superhero ‘Super Catchment Man’ saved the dam because he remembered the words about algae from his teacher Mrs Marshall.
Year 7 students focused on a camping group, a family and a builder who were all damaging the environment by pouring things down the drain or into the local catchment.
When designing our teachers' resource, "At the Turn of a Tap", we discovered some wonderful books to assist teachers plan their work units and use in water studies with their young students. These books are found at the Toowoomba Library Catalogue and are recommended for this age group. They are useful when using our integrated water unit "Water for Life" for junior students.
When designing our teachers' resource, "At the Turn of a Tap", the following books were found to provide excellent support for our water unit, "Wise about Water" asking students 'So what's so serious about a dripping tap?' These books answer some of the questions students have about where water comes from, how it is used, and where it goes.
These books are found at the Toowoomba Library Catalogue.
Our education resource provides work units and lesson outlines written to support senior primary and middle school students studying sustainability and water resource issues.
Below is a list of some excellent books that relate to local water issues, as well as Australian and global water topics. They link well with our integrated unit "Water for our Future" and can be sourced from Toowoomba Library Catalogue.