Queanbeyan student wins stormwater awareness design competition

Published on 14 December 2017

Rachel Wall installing sticker at Trinculo Place

Local students from upper primary schools (years 5 and 6) and high schools (years 7 to 12) from ACT, Cooma, Yass and Queanbeyan were invited to submit artwork that helps spread the message that only rain should go down our stormwater drains. A total of 53 students entered the design competition and 16 winning entries were chosen.

The winning designs have been printed on high quality stickers (also known as decals) for placement on pavement, and installed around or near stormwater drains at key locations across Canberra and in Queanbeyan.

Rachel Wall (year 6) from Queanbeyan South Public School was one of the lucky 16 winners, with her artwork placed along the footpath following the river in Trinculo Place today.

Through colourful, creative and thought-provoking art, each winning design uniquely demonstrates the impact pollution has on our waterways. Their artwork not only helps reinforce the importance of ensuring only rain goes down the stormwater drain but also encourages students to become local champions for improving and protecting our waterways.

The artwork also aims to raise awareness to the community about stormwater pollution that come from our streets (such as leaves, grass, rubbish, oils, soil and sediment etc.) and contribute to poor water quality and seasonal blue green algae blooms.

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council is a partner with the DrainART project which is a component of the ACT and region H2OK: Keeping our waterways healthy stormwater education and behaviour change program. This program is being delivered as part of the $93 million ACT Healthy Waterways Project funded by the Australian and ACT governments to improve the quality of water entering our lakes and waterways and flowing downstream into the Murrumbidgee River system.

Rachel Wall, Year 6, Queanbeyan South Public School

I bit into my sandwich one day on a windy day and a piece of my glad wrap flew in my face. I thought to myself 'litter is gross, so I will do what I can to help others to see that too'. I have drawn a rainbow (representing happiness and sandwiches) and then question marks (to represent something along the lines of ‘what, why is the litter going down the drain) stopping at a pile of litter going down a drain (to show how gross litter is).

DrainART design