South-west students win with water posters

17 November 2015

Hundreds of south-west primary students have highlighted the importance of protecting our precious water resources in this year’s National Water Week poster competition.

The annual competition is coordinated by the Victorian Water Industry Association as a part of National Water Week (18-24 October) and supported locally by Wannon Water, the Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority and Southern Rural Water.

This year’s theme, ‘Water Innovation’, captured the imagination of the region’s budding artists, with the judges awarding top honours to students from Hawkesdale, Koroit, Portland, Balmoral and Tarrington.

Wannon Water Education Officer Catherine Grist said the competition continues to be a popular initiative in the south-west, with 470 colourful posters submitted for judging in 2015.

“National Water Week encourages all of us to ‘protect, conserve and get involved’ in water-related activities, and the number and quality of entries from schools in our region has been impressive once again,” Mrs Grist said.

“Through their art, the students have demonstrated a great understanding of the need to conserve our precious water resources and habitats, which is what National Water Week is all about.”
This year’s National Water Week poster competition winners were:


   Prep (Foundation)   Grade 1 & 2  Grade 3 & 4  Grade 5 & 6
1st Place  Digby Smith,
Balmoral Community College
Amelia Thomas,
Tarrington Lutheran School
Alice Whitehead,
Hawkesdale P-12 College
Mary Collins,
St Patrick’s Primary School, Koroit
2nd Place Ryder Vansomeran,
Balmoral Community College
Alex Twomey,
Bundarra Primary School
Charlotte McClure, Balmoral Community College Luke Lane,
St Patrick’s Primary School, Koroit
3rd Place Lucy Love, 
Portland North Primary School
Isabell Perkins,
Tarrington Lutheran School
George Austin,
Balmoral Community College
Nikita Kelly, 
Portland North Primary School


The posters were judged on their creativity, originality and how well they reflected the National Water Week theme.

Winners of each category in the regional competition were awarded $150, second place recipients took home $50 and a water saving prize pack, while third place getters received $25 and a water saving prize pack.

“Over the years we have received 6,500 local entries in the poster competition, which would not have been possible without great support from local schools,” Mrs Grist said.

For further information on National Water Week click here.