Educating remote communities about water efficiency

by Power and Water Corporation

(Government)

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Power and Water Corporation employ, mentor and train local Indigenous Water Conservation Ambassadors to educate their remote communities

Project goal

To partner with and engage with remote communities to deliver positive outcomes

delivering on

why is this project important?

Remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory are vulnerable to critical water shortages. This project is helping to educate and build capacity.

Power and Water Corporation in the Northern Territory face a strong cultural, language and distance divide with their remote communities that create challenges for delivering water efficiency messaging. To meet these challenges, in 2012, Power and Water employed, mentored and trained four local Indigenous Water Conservation Ambassadors to educate the remote community of Galiwin’ku on positive water behaviours and water efficiency.

Following the success of this program, in 2013, Power and Water took part in the Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP), a Federal Government funded project which in the Northern Territory was trialed in six remote communities, including Galiwin’ku.

The program involved recruiting and training 80 local Indigenous community members in local languages and preparing communications materials that spoke to the communities. Part of the training also involved more general activities such as experience in workplaces.

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