The WetSide Water Education Park has helped win Hervey Bay a Tidy Towns award with its water conservation message and practices.
The WetSide Water Education Park has helped win Hervey Bay a Tidy Towns award with its water conservation message and practices.

Water park makes an eco-splash

WETSIDE Water Education Park has helped Hervey Bay win a Tidy Towns water conservation award in the Keep Australia Beautiful competition.

WetSide was a monument to the water conservation and recycling carried out by Wide Bay Water Corporation across the city, Keep Australia Beautiful Queensland chief executive Rick Burnett said this week.

“WetSide is a fun, free, eco-friendly public space designed around water infotainment – which means water information delivered in a fun, activity-based way,” he said.

“This kind of learning is both popular and effective.

“As you walk around the timber boardwalks of WetSide Water Education Park you will literally encounter hundreds of water messages.

“They’re easy to read and designed in a drip-feed fashion.”

Wide Bay Water acting chief executive Peter Care said the corporation was elated to receive the award and the attention it brought to the region.

“WetSide was the centrepiece of our submission, with Fraser Coast Regional Council, and it was supported by the network of innovative water practices which now underpin Hervey Bay,” he said.

Mr Care said one of the initiatives was a reuse scheme which saw nearly all of Hervey Bay’s wastewater recycled on to agriculture and hardwood tree plantations.

“Our efforts to put water waste to good use must have impressed the judges and we’re very pleased with the win.”

Childers was also in the winners circle, taking the heritage award trophy for its commitment to the preservation, conservation and celebration of history, heritage and culture.

Mr Burnett said it was one of the most picturesque towns on the Bruce Highway, with the main street lined by leopard trees and a number of beautifully preserved historic buildings.



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