Water Journal : Water Journal September 2013
water september 2013 30 awa News AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM WATER PROJECT WATER EDUCATION RESOURCES AUDIT AWA has almost completed Phase 1 of the three-year Australian Curriculum Water Project (ACWP), which has involved developing a business plan, enlisting support through a subscription model, completing an extensive audit of educational water resources nationally, categorising resources that align to Curriculum topics and identifying gaps where additional resources are required. We will share details of the resources identified through the audit, and invite feedback from the Water Education Specialist Network and Project subscribers on any significant resources that may have been missed. This is part of our consultative approach to ensure the audit is comprehensive. The Water Education Specialist Network will receive a non-subscriber version of the audit, which will list all of the resources identified, including the resource title, the owner’s name, and a link to the resource. The full audit will only be made available to subscribers of the project and will have additional resource information, including: • A brief description of the resource; • The format of the resource, e.g. learning object, animation, book; • The audience for which the resource is appropriate in terms of the learning phase/s, e.g . Primary 4–6, Jnr Sec 7–10; • The specific year/level the resource is appropriate for, e.g . Year 1, Year 7; • The Australian Curriculum Learning Areas covered by the resource, e.g . Science, Geography; • The geographic context of the resource, e.g. National or State; • The water topics covered by the resource, e.g. urban water cycle, water chemistry; • Whether the resource touches on cross-curriculum areas such as sustainability; • Whether the resource fulfills any teaching areas in the Australian Curriculum, indicated by Australian Curriculum Codes; • The resources pedagogy, e.g . inquiry, interactive. Once complete, subscribers to the project will receive the final results along with a report of recommendations for new resources that will support Curriculum-aligned water education. This report will be available to subscribers in September. The last two years of the project will focus on the development of resources, supported by project subscription funding. Of course, the major benefit of the project will be collating leading resources into a one-stop portal supported by Education Services Australia, for access by teachers, students and industry members across the country. The Australian Curriculum Water project is managed by AWA and supported by 22 subscribing organisations. We are looking to extend the benefits of this project to all of our corporate members, so if you are not yet a subscriber please give us a call. For more information on the Australian Curriculum Water Project and how you can get involved please visit www.awa. asn.au/AustralianCurriculumProject/or phone 02 9436 0055. HAVE YOU JOINED THE WATER IN MINING AND ENERGY SPECIALIST NETWORK YET? The Water in Mining and Energy Specialist Network was created to promote the importance of water management in the resources sector. It will also raise awareness of the critical role of water professionals, and provide a forum for policy development and training delivery. By highlighting best practice case studies, the Specialist Network will inform discussion within the water industry and community. The Network will work across the two streams of Minerals and Energy that comprise the resources sector and will focus on issues arising from industry interaction with water values. As such, the scope includes ground and surface water and any effects on these brought about by industry activities. The key objectives for the network are to: • Develop understanding of the role of water management in the resource industry; • Promote the role of water professionals within the industry; • Provide opportunity for exchange of skills between the resource and utility sectors; • Influence policy development on water in mining and energy issues; • Provide and facilitate access to targeted training on industry- specific issues. 5 REASONS TO JOIN THE WATER IN MINING AND ENERGY SPECIALIST NETWORK: 1. Receive bi-monthly newsletters with the latest news and advances on water in mining and energy issues; 2. Build your knowledge around water in mining and energy issues by attending seminars and events; 3. Contribute to policy development on water in mining and energy issues; 4. Build contacts with people that share similar water in mining interests; 5. Hear about training and networking opportunities. To join this network and be kept up to date on developments, please visit the AWA website and go to “Manage your account”. VALE (BILL) WILLIAM DULFER William Dulfer was born in 1926. He was educated at Scotch College, Melbourne and enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy and served as an Able Seaman in a minesweeper towards the end of the war. He completed his civil engineering degree at Melbourne University and in 1951, after his graduation, joined the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works (now Melbourne Water) as a junior engineer.
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