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Kolbe Catholic College to Converge on Melbourne for KTK Conference

Kolbe Catholic College is among the 52 that will converge on Melbourne University and the Collingwood Children’s Farm over the next two days for the 12th annual Melbourne Water Kids Teaching Kids (KTK) Conference.

KTK Founder, Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne and Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year Arron Wood said schools travel from as far as Mandurah in Western Australia to participate.

“The theme of the 2018 Kids Teaching Kids Conference is ‘Water, Enhancing Life and Liveability’ which could not be more apt as we transition into summer grappling with the challenges of drought in Australia’s eastern states,” Arron said.

“KTK is the leading peer education program in the country; it is free and available to all Australian schools. At the conference, 504 students will present what they have learnt about a particular environmental issue affecting their community and their ideas about how we can make a difference.”

Melbourne Water General Manager Customer and Strategy, Gavan O’Neill, said the conference continued to be a highlight each year.

“We’re truly passionate about the beautiful waterways and environment we have here in Melbourne and it’s wonderful to see that excitement shared by the next generation,” he said.

“Each year we continue to see engaging and innovative presentations at the Conference and we’re excited to hear from young water pioneers about how we can all do our part to ensure the future of the lifeblood of our community.”

AFLW Star Emma Kearney will be on-hand to kick a footy and sign autographs for students on day one of the conference at Melbourne University. The North Melbourne star grew up on a sheep station in Cavendish.

“Growing up on the farm, we had to be mindful about conserving water which we derived from rainwater tanks. So, in the drier months for example we would take shorter showers,” Emma said.

Victorian Minister for Water Lisa Neville said the Government is making investments to secure our water supplies, but we also need to be smart about water use.

“I’ve been a long-term supporter of Kids Teaching Kids: it is imperative that we educate our future leaders about the importance of environmental issues to help promote sustainability in our communities in generations to come.”

Coatesville Primary school in East Bentleigh will present their workshop ‘Day Zero For Victoria’ which explores the situation in South Africa and looks at how we can drought-proof Victoria. Other schools that will present on water conservation issues include Mentone Primary School, Point Cook College, Ruyton Girls School and St Patricks Primary School, Mentone.

The event is sponsored by Melbourne Water, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DWELP), Melbourne University and Collingwood Children’s Farm.

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