Bringing water to Country at Knob Reserve

Sarah Cumming and Cath Thomas stand side by side in Knob Reserve. Trees are behind them.
Gippsland Water Managing Director Sarah Cumming and Knob Reserve Committee of Management Committee Chair Cath Thomas visit Knob Reserve and discuss the significance of the drinking water project for the important site.

Drinking water will be available on Country at the Knob Reserve in Stratford when a joint project between Gippsland Water and the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) is completed later this year.

Gippsland Water Managing Director Sarah Cumming was excited to announce the project, which involves constructing a new water main that will connect the drinking water network to supply the reserve.

“We’re so pleased to provide drinking water to the Knob Reserve – a location that’s so significant to Gunaikurnai Traditional Owners and the local Stratford community,” Ms Cumming said.

“Whether visiting the lookout, taking your dog for a walk or enjoying a BBQ with the family, there’ll be a water fountain nearby to easily quench your thirst or fill up your bottle.”

The Knob Reserve is jointly managed by GLaWAC and the Victorian Government and administered by the Knob Reserve Committee of Management. Committee Chair Cath Thomas was delighted to have water fountains installed on such a significant site.

“As Traditional Owners, we have a responsibility to care for Country and protect our cultural values and heritage,” Ms Thomas said.

“Providing drinking fountains will reduce people’s reliance on bringing bottle water to the reserve and highlights the importance of this essential resource for our health and well-being.”

The water fountains will feature artworks by local artist Robbie Farnham, celebrating the unique living culture of the Gunaikurnai community and their connection to water.

Having water connected to the site also means it can be used more frequently as a meeting place to support knowledge sharing and cultural events.

Gippsland Water is closely managing construction so that it doesn’t disturb the significant cultural values of the reserve.

The project is expect to be complete with water fountains ready to use this calendar year.

The project is jointly funded by Gippsland Water, GLaWAC and the Victorian Government’s Integrated Water Management Program.