Nowra school wins eWater's national water-management game competition

Wednesday 4 November 2009

On Wednesday 4 November 2009, the Illaroo Road Public School in North Nowra, NSW celebrated winning $1000 in eWater CRC’s national Catchment Detox Competition.

The competition involved schools playing the game in class and submitting a five-minute video about what they learned.

Illaroo Road Public School received a framed certificate announcing their success, as well as the cheque. Individual personalised certificates were also presented to each student in the winning class-team.

Use the link on the left to view their winning video submission or visit the eWater CRC YouTube channel.

Class 6H, Illaroo Rd Public School, Nowra, show off their school wetlands.

LeAnn Hanson, teacher of the winning 6H Class at the school, said 'Catchment Detox has provided a launch pad for an enormous amount of learning. The game has provided the motivation to get my students out of the classroom for some real hands-on experience and to become better informed about the catchment in their own backyard.'

Aapo Skorulis, Business Operations Executive Manager at eWater CRC, based in Canberra, presented the award in a ceremony during the school assembly.

He said ‘We were very impressed. The children of Class 6H produced a compelling video, based on their understanding of what makes a healthy river.’

One of the winning students, Laurin Dolan, said ‘Our Shoalhaven river catchment is one of the healthiest catchments in all of Australia. If we can look after and improve the water quality in all the catchments in Australia, we could be the healthiest catchment country in the world!’

Catchment Detox is based on a model developed by eWater CRC and CSIRO, incorporating scientific understanding of water and catchment management issues. It won ‘Best Science, Health or Environment’ category at the 15th AIMIA Awards for interactive software in March 2009.

eWater CRC is building the next generation of water-management software for the Australian and international water industry. eWater CRC teams are professionals in water science and management, and are based in partner organisations in South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Australian Capital Territory.

The game is available online at the ABC Science website:


For more information, please contact:

Name: Jessica Mack
Phone: 02 6201 2386
Fax: 02 6201 5038
Email: [email protected]