Wa­ter ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram

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Water4Food chair­man Terry Hogan says an ex­ten­sive ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram on the use of wa­ter in food pro­duc­tion should be rolled out into Aus­tralian schools in com­ing months.

Water4Food, an ini­tia­tive of the Rive­rina and Mur­ray Re­gional Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Coun­cils (RAMROC) mem­ber coun­cils, is de­vel­op­ing a se­ries of DVDs of the im­por­tance of wa­ter.

The pro­ject is be­ing done in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Mur­ray Dar­ling As­so­ci­a­tion.

Cr Hogan, who is also RAMROC chair and Jer­ilderie Shire Mayor, said the first of the DVDs should be ready to go into schools by Septem­ber.

The news comes af­ter the re­lease of a re­port from the Aus­tralian Coun­cil for Ed­u­ca­tional Re- search, which re­port­edly in­di­cates no such pro­gram ex­ists.

The re­port’s find­ings were high­lighted by the NSW Farm­ers As­so­ci­a­tion who say the ‘‘huge gap’’ in chil­dren’s knowl­edge of where food comes from must be rec­ti­fied.

The Water4Food ed­u­ca­tion cam­paign has been on the agenda for the or­gan­i­sa­tion since its for­ma­tion in 2008.

‘‘We are work­ing with the Mur­ray Dar­ling As­so­ci­a­tion to put out a se­ries of DVDs, the first of which will ex­plain the wa­ter cy­cle.

‘‘We are cer­tain a lot of peo­ple, ex­pe­cially young peo­ple in the cities, have a be­lief that once you have used a litre of wa­ter it dis­ap­pears, and they be­lieve it is a fi­nite re­source.

‘‘But it’s not a fi­nite re­source and we need to teach them that the wa­ter they use is re­cy­cled.’’

Cr Hogan said a fol­low up DVD will ex­plain the im­por­tance of wa­ter in the pro­duc­tion of food.

‘‘I don’t think there is a food we eat that doesn’t use wa­ter,’’ he said.

A third DVD will then be cre­ated to com­bine both sub­ject top­ics, which Cr Hogan said can be used as a broader ed­u­ca­tion tool. He said it would be disigned to reach a wider au­di­ence, not just school chil­dren.

Cr Hogan said he is aim­ing for the first DVD to be rolled out into schools in Septem­ber or Oc­to­ber this year, and the other two in the first part of 2013.

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