Explore Your Backyard is an online festival celebrating and nurturing the connection to Country and water during National Water Week, 18-24 October 2021.
You are invited to join our live webinars, on-demand workshops and accss resouces designed to get you outside, using water efficiently in the garden and improving neighbourhood biodiversity.
Put your gardening gloves on, fill up that watering can, and Explore Your Backyard during National Water Week!
Activities and Events
More information and links to come! To keep up with the action and up-coming events follow the Explore Your Backyard Facebook page.
Our amazing photo competition winners have been choosen!
Thank you to all who submitted a photo of how you save water in your backyard.
Click here to view the winning entries.
Sunday 17 October at 4 pm
Don't miss the Explore Your Backyard online festival special guest, Costa the Garden Gnome!
What will happen when Costa the Garden Gnome and Coliban Water's Managing Director, Damien Wells, sit down for a Sunday afternoon chat? They'll discuss gardening and water, of course!
Plus, they will be launching our fantastic online festival for National Water Week.
|Wednesday 20 October at 12.30 pm||
Bee and Butterfly Encounter
Join Sam from Labcoat Learning for an up-close look at bees and butterflies! Learn why bees and butterflies are great for our gardens. Plus, find out about the importance of water for invertebrates and how you can help.
Thursday 21 October at 12.30 pm
Join Dr Holly Parsons from Birdlife Australia, and explore the wonderful world of birds. Holly is the Urban Bird Program Manager and will share tips on how to identify the birds that visit your backyard or nearby parkland. Holly also has useful ideas to help you provide habitat and resources for our feathered friends.
On demand videos and resources
Filmed at VicWater's 2021 conference, Rodney Carter and Rueben Berg speak about First Nation's cultural values in waterways. Rodney is a descendant of Dja Dja Wurrung and Yorta Yorta people and Ruben is a proud Gunditjmara man from Melbourne. They offer suggestions that not only work to preserve our waterways but provide a broader perspective on how we can all keep working towards reconciliation. Secondary & adult
Join Wadawurrung Traditional Owners and Central Highland Water staff to see how a modern scar tree is created. (3 min video, on demand) Secondary & adult
School and pre-school aged children will love these animated experiment videos with Wally the Water Scientist. Created by Goulburn Valley Water, each experiment is supported with a worksheet. Primary & kindergarten with adult support.
Mulching your garden can save up to 70% of water from evaporating. Find out about different mulches and help your garden thrive in this 4-minute video from North East Water. Primary, secondary, adults
Outdoor water use accounts for 25-50% of the average home’s water consumption. Gardens are an area where huge amounts of water are wasted. Visit Smart Approved WaterMark’s website to read about ways you can save water. Secondary & adult
Build greater awareness, appreciation and understanding of the natural world! The matrix combines Bloom's Taxonomy and Multiple Intelligences to provide students with tasks that are accessible and appealing. Primary & kindergarten with adult support.
The ins and outs of a bug hotel
Explore the benefits of insects in helping to pollinate plants, and learn how to make a bug hotel to encourage more insects into your garden. Barwon Water shows you how. Primary with adult help, all ages.
How to plant native grasses and shrubs
Learn how to select and plant native and indigenous plants in your garden to improve the biodiversity of insects and native fauna that visit your patch. Primary.
Upcycle a jar into a rain gauge
A perfect rainy-day activity from East Gippsland Water. Make a rain gauge from a jar and measure how much rain you collect.
Providing Water for Wildlife
Healesville Sanctuary Vet Kath will show you the best way to leave water out for local wildlife during the summer months. More tips on helping wildlife in summer. Primary, all ages.
Water Wise Chatterbox
Download and print this origami chatterbox to help teach children about the importance of using water wisely! Primary
Going Green when we Clean
Discover some simple recipes for cleaning products to use around the home. Many store-bought cleaners contain harsh chemicals, you'll also discover some of the impacts that these chemicals can have on the environment. Recipes available. All ages, children with adult help.
Willow control in our waterways
Find out the benefits in removing willows from our waterways. Secondary and adult.
Growing indigenous plants around waterways and on cleared farmland improves raw water quality. Find out more in this short video made by Bass Coast Landcare Network & Westernport Water. Secondary and adult.
Become involved to help enhance engagement with our irrigation diversion customers. Simply complete and return our expression of interest form to join our Irrigation Diverters Committee.
Licence holders from the Wimmera River, Avoca River, Glenelg River (upstream of Mooree), Richardson River and Avon River Systems are eligible to apply.
The role of the Irrigation Diverters Committee includes, but is not limited to:
- Providing advice and feedback to inform decisions made by GWMWater.
- Acting as a barometer of irrigation diversion customer perceptions and expectations in relation to licensing, water resource management arrangements and water policy developments.
- Providing a forum to raise and discuss issues affecting or relevant to irrigation diverters.
- Providing a conduit for communication between GWMWater and the broader community regarding irrigation diversion matters.
- Guiding the development of communication information for irrigation diversion customers, as appropriate.
Irrigation Diverters Committee members are required to attend one meeting per year, to discuss catchment conditions, diversion opportunities, recent extraction activities, water policy changes and other relevant matters raised by members of the Committee or irrigation licence holders.
Please make sure that we receive your expression of interest by 19 June 2020.
If you would like further information or wish to discuss your potential expression of interest to join our Irrigation Diverters Committee, please contact us.
To comply with the requirements of your licence, this information must be submitted no later than 17 June 2020.
If you hold a licence to take water from the Avoca River system and have extracted water for irrigation use in the last 12 months, you are required to complete a Surface Water Irrigation Report. Completing this report won’t take long.
We also ask that you provide a rough map showing where you have irrigated, including any diversion channels and local landmarks.
Handy tip ...
We welcome you to use tools such as Google Maps to complete this section, and suggest that you save this map first before completing your details.
Click here to complete the Surface Water Irrigation Report alternatively, download the PDF and return to GWMWater.
The Urban and Rural Water Strategy outlines how we will manage water to provide secure and affordable water services in our towns and cities now and into the future. Urban Water Strategies have a long-term outlook of 50 years and considers the total water cycle.
As GWMWater has both urban and rural responsibilities, the strategy considers both urban and rural pipeline supplied customers in each of our five water supply systems - Murray, Goulburn, Grampians, Pyrenees and Eastern Grampians and groundwater towns.
It takes account factor such as population change, climate change, variability and other risks.
We are currently in the process of developing our 2022-2027 strategy. GWMWater will actively engage with stakeholders on key issues to inform the development of the strategy. The Strategy is due for submission to the Minister for Water in March 2022.
The strategy meets requirement 6-A of the Statement of Obligations (General) issued to all water corporations and has been produced in accordance with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Urban Water Strategy Development Guidelines.
The Western Region Sustainable Water Strategy maps out our region's water resources and the challenges and opportunities facing water users over the next 50 years.
Our Annual Water Outlook is released in December each year. It builds on our Urban and Rural Water Strategy to provide information about water security for our towns and rural users for the year ahead.
We have actively worked towards delivering services that our customers told us they most valued and expected with their water and sewerage services.
1. Safe and Clean Water
2. Reliable and Affordable Services
3. Healthy and a Liveable Region
To find out more see Our Performance 2020/2021 based on our pricing submission to the Essential Services Commission.
For more information refer to our Corporate Plan and Water Price Submission
All offers of gifts (above exceptions excluded) will be published here, whether the gift was accepted or not. Feel free to contact us if you'd like to obtain information from our Gift Register prior to 1 July 2016.
Gift Register since 1 July 2016
|Item No||Date Gift Offered||Offeror||Description of Gift Offered||Cultural, Historic or
|Estimated Value|| Gift Accepted /
|How Accepted Gift Was Used|
|1||19/07/2016||Technology Provider||AFL Corporate Box||No||$200||Declined||NA|
|2||03/08/2016||Engineering Firm||Networking Drinks||No||$30||Accepted||NA|
|3||12/08/2016||Engineering Consultants||Networking Drinks||No||$100||Declined||NA|
|5||20/09/2016||Technology Provider||AFL Grand Final||No||$400||Declined||NA|
|6||05/10/2016||Registered Aboriginal Party||Thank You Gift||No||$120||Accepted||Transferred to Corporation|
|7||14/10/2016||Underground Services Agency||Tickets to Horse Races||No||$1250||Declined||NA|
|8||26/10/2016||Debt Collectors||Tickets to Horse Races||No||$600||Declined||NA|
|9||12/12/2016||Technology Provider||Dinner and Drinks||No||$60||Accepted||NA|
|10||14/12/2016||Engineering Consultants||Meal and Drinks||No||$60||Accepted||NA|
|12||21/12/2016||OHS Consultant||Christmas Hamper||No||$20||Accepted||NA|
|15||11/01/2017||Telco||Tickets To Tennis||No||$260||Accepted||NA|
|16||06/03/2017||Cleaning Company||Cleaning Products||No||$25||Accepted||NA|
|17||20/03/2017||Engineering Contractors||Dinner Drinks||No||$150||Declined||NA|
|18||26/04/2017||Engineering Contractors||Dinner Drinks||No||$85||Declined||NA|
|19||04/05/2017||Engineering Contractors||Dinner Drinks||No||$85||Declined||NA|
|21||23/05/2017||Magazine Publisher||Wine||No||$25||Declined||Transferred to Corporation|
|22||25/09/2017||Motor Vehicle Company||Portrait Voucher||No||$750||Declined||N/A|
|23||24/11/2017||IT Conference Door Prize||PS3||No||$350||Declined||N/A|
|24||02/02/2018||Technology Provider||Executive Dinner - Celebrating 30 Years||No||$150||Declined||N/A|
|25||20/03/2018||Water Utility Service Provider||Networking Dinner||No||$80||Declined||N/A|
|26||03/04/2018||Water Network Association||President's Dinner||No||$100||Accepted||N/A|
|27||04/04/2018||Victorian State Government Department||Cocktail Function||No||$50||Accepted||N/A|
|28||12/06/2018||Landowner/Customer||Powerball Ticket Draw 1152||No||$30||Declined||N/A|
|29||20/08/2018||Peak Body Water Sector||Networking Dinner||No||$100||Accepted||N/A|
|30||02/10/2018||Regional Development||Awards Ceremony||No||$85||Accepted||N/A|
|31||17/11/2018||A&P Society||A&P Show Entry Tickets||No||$20||Accepted||Not used|
|32||21/12/2018||Construction Company||Christmas Gift||No||$40||Accepted||Transferred to Corporate|
|33||13/02/2019||Water Utility Company||Dinner||No||$100||Declined||N/A|
|35||29/04/2019||Water Utility Company||Function||No||$100||Declined||N/A|
|36||30/04/2019||Leadership Consultant||Community Breakfast||No||$25||Accepted||N/A|
|39||20/05/2019||Company||Event and Dinner||No||$100||Accepted||N/A|
To view current Gifts and Hospitality Register, click here
For more information, see our Gifts Hospitality and Benefits Policy.