Nearly 100 people from across the Victorian region of Gippsland toured the Banksia Award winning Vortex Education Centre and Gippsland Water Factory as part of a special Gippsland Water Open Day at the facility near Morwell, VIC.
The one off event provided visitors the opportunity to see, touch and feel what makes the Vortex such a popular regional educational centre, as well experiencing firsthand the technology used in the Water Factory process and the value it delivers for Gippsland communities.
The Vortex Centre features interactive displays, touch-screens and videos, with a focus on water conservation and sustainable water management; highlighting water as a precious resource at a local, state, national and global level.
Since opening in 2010, the Vortex has played host to more than 3,000 visitors including schools from across Gippsland, community groups and other interested parties and is an educational asset to the region.
Gippsland Water’s General Manager Customer Services and Communications, Paul Clark said that community engagement is central to Gippsland Water’s approach, and that its important communities have the opportunity to go behind the scenes and ask questions.
“We are very encouraged by the public’s interest in what we do. Last year we had more than 500 people make time in their day to attend one of our open days. It really does show that communities care about water management and the services delivered by Gippsland Water.” said Paul Clark.
The Water Factory is unique to the Gippsland region and generates a great deal of public interest.
“Without seeing the operations first hand, it’s difficult to fully appreciate the value the Water Factory delivers our communities and what it must have been like before the plant came into operation in 2010.” said Paul Clark.
Gippsland Water is happy to organise tours of the Vortex and Gippsland Water Factory for interested groups. Community groups can arrange visits by simply sending an email via the Gippsland Water website.