WATER WISE: Dimboola Memorial Secondary College students Hayley Crawley, Taylah Ryen, Andrew King and Hadassah Schembri make a presentation about water quality at the sixth annual water conference yesterday. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERSTUDENTS from across the Wimmera gathered in Horsham yesterday to discuss water supply in the region.

GWMWater, together with the University of Ballarat, hosted the sixth annual student conference for year nine and 10 students at the university’s Horsham campus.

Students from schools in Horsham, Dimboola, Ararat and Edenhope made presentations about what a secure water supply meant to their area.

They were joined via audio and video link by students from Ashdale Secondary College in Perth and Tauranga Girls College in New Zealand.

GWMWater’s Andrew Rose said he was impressed by the quality of the presentations.

“Every year the students seem to raise the bar. Their presentations demonstrated a real understanding of the water situation in their towns,” he said.

“They recognised that even though the drought of the 2000s is behind us we still have to be careful with how we treat water.

“The conference is a valuable way of educating the next generation.”

Mr Rose said more than 500 students had participated in the conference during the six years.

He said students at the conference also talked to former Rotary exchange student Pat Liamyoo in Thailand via Skype.

Mr Liamyoo spent a year in Horsham in 2003 and 2004 and attended St Brigid’s College.

Dimboola Memorial Secondary College student Taylah Ryen said she enjoyed the day.

“We did a presentation on water security and quality,” she said.

“During our research we learnt just how important saving water is and the process it goes through when it gets filtered.”

Fellow Dimboola student Hayley Crawley said the students learned a lot about what a secure water supply meant to the Wimmera.

“Since we were only a group of four we had to research water a lot more on our own so we could get all the information ready on time for our presentation,” she said.

Edenhope College students were judged the overall winners of the conference and received $1000 for their school.

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