Global Water Institute Engineers Greg Leslie, Martin Andersen and Melinda Wimborne who supports student-led projects were invited by Dharriwaa Elders Group to look at a range of Walgett water engineering challenges
in September 2018. Walgett Shire Council Mayor and Deputy Mayor and the Council water team and engineers supported the parts of their visit which required understanding of current facilities and practices. We were pleased to assist Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service to think through their responses to the Walgett water restrictions, for Walgett's valuable community assett - the community garden. During the visit we secured a donation of Great Artesian Basin water from the Council to fill the 1 x water tank at the garden - a temporary solution. We are following up with obtaining expert opinions regarding the length of time artesian water should be relied upon, and locating ways to obtain permanent water security for this important community food resource.