2018 Melbourne Water KTK Conference Highlights!

The 2018 Melbourne Water Kids Teaching Kids Conference was a great success with over 500 excited Water Warriors from 52 schools coming together to learn about a range of topics related to the theme Water: Enhancing Life and Liveability.

Thank you to all of the schools who put together a workshop, Build-a-Loo, mainstage performance or EPD activity

Here are some of the highlights:

Conference Launch and Workshops

  • Official launch by John Thwaites – Chair, Melbourne Water Board, and Cheryl Batagol – KTK Ambassador and Chair of EPA
  • Build-a-Loo Segment – Beaumaris Primary School, Carrum Primary School and Harkaway Primary School each presented a 3-minute pitch for a homemade toilet, to a panel of judges which included Emma Kearney – AFLW player, Rosie Wheen – CEO of WaterAid, Charmaine Quick – Melbourne Water and Richard Wood – Kids Teaching Kids
  • Photo opportunities with Vinnie the Platypus during registration and morning tea
  • Involvement of student MC’s – Tanya Sharma and Caitlin Richardson, Kolbe Catholic College
  • 22 high-quality school workshop presentations
  • Sustainable building tours hosted by the University of Melbourne

Gala Dinner

  • Mainstage performance by Bentleigh West Primary School titled “You’re the Voice”; exploring the effect plastic has on the waterways of Melbourne.
  • Mainstage performance by St Patrick’s Primary School titled “Save Water – The World is in your Hands”; examining the impact water usage in the past has had on present generations.
  • Speeches by Emily Phillips of Melbourne Water, Emma Kearney, Captain of the North Melbourne Football Club and Lilly Brown, PhD Candidate of the University of Melbourne.
  • Entertainment by Carranballac College rock band, Amplified

Environmental Project Day

  • Official launch by John Woodland –Manager, Regional Services (South East), Melbourne Water
  • Seventeen hands-on activities including gardening, nest box building and creating wicking beds out of watermelons run by schools plus community organisations such as:

City West Water

Collingwood Children’s Farm (3 activities)

La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary

Melbourne Water

Edendale Farm


Planet A

  • Reflection and pledge session run by Richard Wood to encourage students to think about what they had learnt over the two days and what they would take back to their school and community