Water smart messaging comes to life in Anderson Gardens

Date published: 9 December 2020

Children across Townsville can learn more about being water smart when the augmented reality Giant Water Hunt launches at Anderson Gardens next Monday.

The hunt is launched via a QR code using the EyeJack app at Anderson Gardens’ Water Smart Garden. Kids can then hold their parents’ phone up to each artwork around the garden and watch them come to life with water smart tips.

The Giant Water Hunt has been created with funding from the Queensland Government.

Townsville Water and Waste Committee chairperson Russ Cook said it was important to teach children the value of conserving water.

“Water is one of our community’s most precious natural resources,” Cr Cook said.

“Teaching the next generation how to properly conserve and respect water is essential to protecting the future of our city’s water.”

Division 9 local councillor Liam Mooney said the Giant Water Hunt was great for children of all ages.

“This is a fantastic activity for the whole family to enjoy – all you need is a smartphone to join in on the Giant Water Hunt,” Cr Mooney said.

“There are six activation artworks to check out. When you hold your phone up to the artworks they’ll come to life and reveal a water smart tip. They also unlock water smart coins along the way with gift bags to be won.

“The Giant Water Hunt will be launched on Monday from 8am to 10am and will include giveaways and kids activities, so make sure you head down to Anderson Gardens to make the most of the opening day.”

The Giant Water Hunt runs from Monday 14 December until Tuesday 26 January.