Education Centre

Education Centre

Our Education Centre provides a variety of learning resources for students, teachers and members of the community.

Here you can access community resources such as fact sheets, videos and our Augmented Reality tool as well as educational lesson plans which teachers and parents can use to discuss the themes of waterways and water safety with their children and students, starting from prep to grade 4. The resources can be used at home or in a school-based environment.

For further information on these resources, email blue@sunwater.com.au or phone 13 15 89.

Sunwater Resources

Sunwater assets

Learn more about our waterways and assets here.

Resources

To prepare communities for the wet season, Sunwater has created the following resources:

Sunwater augmented reality experience

Sunwater has developed an augmented reality (AR) tool to share important information about how our dams work, safety at our storages, and how to prepare for weather events.

To take part in the augmented reality experience, download and print the map below. Follow the step-by-step instructions also found below on how to use the camera on your smartphone or tablet to access the experience—you don’t need to download an app.

A web-based virtual reality (VR) version of the experience is also available and can be viewed on a desktop computer, here. To access the features of the web-VR tool, use the right mouse click to move directions and scroll to zoom in and out.

Augmented reality map

Download
Step-by-step instructions

Download

School Resources

For teachers

As an educator, you have a valuable role in our community. Our educational resources support the Australian Curriculum and have been developed for prep to grade 4 students.

The resources aim to inform and engage children to have a better awareness of dams, weirs and water channels and a clear understanding of the key risk and dangers associated with being around this infrastructure and how to stay safe.

The Blue Safety Education Package comprises three separate lesson plans for prep to grade 2 students and three lesson plans for grades 3 and 4 students.

Lesson Plans and Activities: prep to grade 2

Lesson Plan 1 – Getting to know dams, weirs and channels
Lesson Plan 2 – Understanding the hidden dangers – what lies beneath
Lesson Plan 3 – Play safe, stay away! Recognising the warning signs
All activity sheets and answers separately

Lesson Plans and Activities: grades 3 to 4

Lesson Plan 1 – Getting to know dams, weirs and channels
Lesson Plan 2 – Understanding the hidden dangers – what lies beneath
Lesson Plan 3 – Play safe, stay away! Recognising the warning signs
All activity sheets and answers separately

We also recommend combining these water safety themes with messages from the Queensland Government about the importance of sustainable water practices and saving water for their future.

Video Library

Video library

View Sunwater’s YouTube channel here.

Respect the water

In 2017 Sunwater partnered with the St George community and Indigenous Hip Hop Projects to create a music video about water safety around dams, weirs and irrigation channels.

Read the lyrics of the IHHP video here.

Check things out before you get in

The Sunwater ‘Check things out, before you get in’ campaign is a reminder that no matter how well you know the waterway, submerged objects and hidden hazards are always present and can be extremely dangerous.

To stay safe, when visiting our waterways Sunwater urges all visitors to check things out before they get in:

  • check signs for important information
  • check conditions such as the weather and the water level
  • check for hazards that may be hiding below the surface