Education Resources

Local Area Catchment Study

Brisbane Water Catchment


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In 1997 a sub-committee of the Koolewong Point Clare-Tascott Progress Association, the Clean and Safe Team, initiated a community-based project addressing water quality issues on the Central Coast.

The key focus of the project was to develop a network of community groups regularly monitoring water quality in the waterways of Gosford thereby building a database of community water quality data that would contribute to more effective natural resource management in the region. The project would develop links between a range of stakeholders and increase community understanding and ownership of resource management.

An important aspect of any project aiming to bring about change is education. As such, activities commenced to develop education resources for schools focusing on the local catchment. This gained support from Brisbane Water and Gosford Lagoons Catchment Management Committee (BWGLCMC), the Environmental Education Curriculum Directorate (Dept of Education and Training), Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre and the Community Environment Network (CEN).

During 1997/1998 a process was implemented involving consultation with schools in identifying curriculum needs, the formation of a writing team to develop content of the unit, the trial of the Catchment Studies Module at two local high schools, evaluation of those trials and further refinement of the module.

During that timeframe new Science and Geography syllabi were also introduced into NSW schools resulting in a need to review progress to date and further refine the curriculum areas addressed by the unit  thus delaying the anticipated completion of the project.

The final product was published in December 2000. It consists of this core unit with additional resources to support the module provided through Natural Heritage Trust funding. The unit as it currently stands is most ideally suited to Stage 4/5 Science however is also highly relevant to the Stage 4/5 Geography syllabus.

Through partnerships with Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre, Brisbane Water and Gosford Lagoons Catchment Management Committee, the Central Coast Community Environment Network and local Councils it is anticipated that case studies will be further developed to ensure relevance.

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Contact Jane Smith at CEN by phoning 4349 4756 or email: 


Mark Attwooll at Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre by phoning 43247 200 or email:

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