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Gardening expert, Costa Georgiadis (Costa the Garden Gnome), will launch an online learning festival hosted in conjunction with National Water Week, encouraging Victorians to ‘Explore Your Backyard’.

The week-long festival kicks off on Sunday 17 October, and involves gardening activities, on-demand workshops, tours and live webinars.

GWMWater has teamed up with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and other water organisations from across Victoria to provide the online educational experience.

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GWMWater Manager Communications and Engagement, Adele Rohde said the festival will focus on water efficiency and exploring nature in your local area – whether it’s a local waterway or your own veggie patch.

“The activities and events have been designed to suit a range of ages, interests, topics and learning goals and can be accessed from the comfort of your home or classroom,” she said.

“Most importantly, we hope participants have a bit of fun, learn something new and enjoy exploring their backyard.”

This is the first year GWMWater has taken part in the online learning festival.

“At GWMWater, our preference is to get out in the community and interact with our customers, but in the current environment, that isn’t possible. By joining forces with other water organisations and running an online festival, we’re able to engage with a large audience from across the whole state,” Mrs Rohde said.

The week-long event will be launched by “Costa the Garden Gnome”, with an exclusive Facebook live chat at 4pm on Sunday 17 October.

The festival will feature live webinars, on-demand workshops, tours, videos and resources, all designed to get everyone outside and using water more efficiently.

In the lead-up, Victorian students and community members are invited to get creative and take part in a photo competition for the chance to win a $100 gift voucher. Entries close at 5 pm on Monday 18 October and entrants can submit one or more photos capturing how they save water in their backyard/garden. 

To find out more visit and follow the Explore Your Backyard Facebook page at

National Water Week makes a splash across Australia during the third week of October each year. This year National Water Week runs from 18 – 24 October.

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