Council draws on Townsville students for water conservation message

Date published: 17 August 2023

Townsville City Council is bringing school students artwork to life to help spread a water conservation message.

Schools have a week left to submit drawings which will be added into an augmented reality treasure hunt around Anderson Gardens called the Giant Water Hunt.

Townsville Water and Waste chairperson Russ Cook said Council was relaunching the interactive treasure hunt to encourage sustainable water use.

“Council launched the Giant Water Hunt during the September school holidays a few years ago and it was a great success,” Cr Cook said.

“Artwork was displayed across the gardens and by using a mobile phone people could make the artwork come to life and learn a valuable water saving tip.

“We are now calling on schools to design new artwork and send it to Council for the opportunity to be part of the interactive treasure hunt.”

Entries for the drawing competition are open now to local primary school students from grade one to six and close on Thursday 24 August.

Cr Cook said the interactive activity would launch at Anderson Gardens in the September school holidays.

“It gives local young people an activity to do while enjoying one of our three world-class botanical gardens,” he said.

“The treasure hunt will become a permanent fixture at Anderson Gardens, and we hope it helps spread water conservation messages.

“In October we will expand the Giant Water Hunt to take in more of the city.

“The AR experience will extend to The Strand, Riverway and Elliot Springs and give more locals the chance to take part in the unique event.

“Some of the water saving tips will include when to water your lawn, how to use less water while taking a shower and the importance of fixing any leaks around the home.”

The Giant Water Hunt school drawing competition is open now and closes on Thursday 24 August.

For more information on the competition, visit Council’s Giant Water Hunt page.

Council's Giant Water Hunt is being relaunched at Anderson Gardens.
Caption: Council's Giant Water Hunt is being relaunched at Anderson Gardens.