Western Treatment Plant tours

Experience the Western Treatment Plant at Werribee, and discover the historical and environmental importance of this fascinating site.

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Tours and learning experiences  

Explore the Western Treatment Plant, learn about water management and how sewage becomes a reusable resource.

Year 3-4: Water & the water cycle

Description

Explore the Western Treatment Plant and find out how the sewage system works. Learn about the key processes of the natural and urban water cycle.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the importance of water and identify sources of water
  • Explain how water flows through the natural and urban water cycle
  • Learn where water comes from and where it goes when it goes down the drain
  • Discover how waste water is treated and then recycled
  • Consider ways that they can use water wisely - reduce consumption and waste

Student activities

  • Explore the sewage treatment plant by bus
  • Observe the process of sewage treatment
  • Participate in an interactive narrative and choose your own adventure’ storytelling experience
  • Work in groups to complete a Water Cycle puzzle
  • Discuss how they are part of the water cycle

Curriculum links

  • Science: VCSSU059, VCSSU062, VCSIS065
  • Geography: VCGGK081, VCGGC072, VCGGC073

Group size: 30 students max. per class (two classes max. per session)
Pricing: $375 per class 
Duration: 2-2.5 hours

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Year 7-8: The Future Water Story

Description

Investigate the importance of water to life, and how we will need to make our cities future-ready and sustainable; while exploring the Western Treatment Plant and participating in a digital learning experience.
Learning outcomes

  • Describe how water is a renewable natural resource that is finite 
  • Explain the different methods to overcoming water scarcity; both by reducing demand for water and increasing the supply of water 
  • Know that water is a scarce resource, and it needs to be managed to ensure water security 
  • Understand that Melbourne's water security will be impacted by climate change 
  • Understand that the liveability of Melbourne depends on a safe and secure supply of water; as well as treatment of wastewater 

Program activities

  • Work in teams and collaborate to complete problem-solving activities 
  • Collectively synthesise and analyse information from multiple sources and consider the implications and consequences of their decision-making 
  • Analyse data and maps to develop explanations and make conclusions 
  • Explore the plant by bus and undertake observations of activities at the site 
  • Complete an analysis of the location and landscape of the site 

Curriculum links

  • Geography - Water in the World: VCGGK105, VCGGK107, VCGGK108, VCGGK112 
  • Geographical Concept and Skills: VCGGC104 
  • Science: VCSSU101 
  • Critical and Creative Thinking: VCCCTQ034, VCCCTM042 
  • Personal and Social Capability: VCPSCSO041 
  • Ethical Capability: VCECD017, VCECD018

Group size: 30 students max. per class (two classes max. per session)
Pricing: $650 per class 
Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours

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VCE: Outdoor and Environmental Studies

Description

Explore the Western Treatment Plant and discover how humans have understood and interacted with this environment. Learn about the sustainable use and management of the site, from sewage treatment to the Ramsar listed wetlands.

Learning outcomes

Unit 3 & 4

  • Learn about the history of the site, and how people have interacted with this environment overtime
  • Explore the competing uses and demands - between human needs and conservation
  • Examine the management strategies and the challenges of sustaining the environment
  • Learn about Acts and/or Conventions related to the management and sustainability of this outdoor environments, including the Ramsar Convention
  • Learn how Melbourne Water and Traditional Owners work together to manage land and water

Unit 1 & 2

  • Describe the characteristics of different outdoor environments - wetlands, grasslands and freshwater
  • Learn about human activities undertaken in outdoor environments and their impacts on those environments
  • Find out about identification and management of threatened species
  • Encounter career opportunities in outdoor environments
  • Learn how environmental research informs and guides sustainable management

Student activities

  • Explore the sewage treatment plant by bus
  • Observe the process of sewage treatment, from when sewage enters the plant to its treatment and reuse or release
  • Explore the Ramsar listed wetlands and observe the flora and fauna
  • Complete logbook recordings and observations

The Circular Cities Challenge

The Circular Cities Challenge is an immersive role-playing experience using cutting-edge technology. Students put into practice their knowledge about sustainability while making decisions to develop a new city.

Students will:

  • work in teams and collaborate to complete problem-solving activities 
  • collectively synthesise and analyse information from multiple sources and consider the implications and consequences of their decision-making 
  • analyse data and maps to develop explanations and make conclusions

Group size: 25 students max. per class (two classes max. per session)
Pricing: 
$450.00 per class for two-hour tour
$650.00 per class for three-hour tour with the Circular Cities Challenge

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VCE: Environmental Science

Description

Explore the Western Treatment Plant and develop knowledge and understanding of the environments, including the biodiversity of the Ramsar listed wetlands. Discover how the site is managed in response to environmental challenges.

Learning outcomes

Unit 3 & 4

  • Explore the competing uses and demands of the site - sewage treatment and wetland management
  • Examine the management strategies and the challenges of sustaining the biodiversity of the wetlands
  • Find out about the different stakeholders and their perspectives of site management
  • Learn about Acts and/or Conventions related to the management and sustainability of the site, including its Ramsar listing

Unit 1 & 2

  • Explore water security and sustainable water systems
  • Examine the approaches Melbourne Water is using to meet water security challenges
  • Learn about options for decreasing water demand and improving water-use efficiency

Student activities

  • Explore the sewage treatment plant by bus
  • Observe the process of sewage treatment, from when sewage enters the plant to its treatment and reuse or release
  • Identify the sustainable water conservation and engineering activities at the treatment plant
  • Explore the Ramsar listed wetlands and observe the flora and fauna

The Circular Cities Challenge

The Circular Cities Challenge is an immersive role-playing experience using cutting-edge technology. Students put into practice their knowledge about sustainability while making decisions to develop a new city.

Students will:

  • work in teams and collaborate to complete problem-solving activities 
  • collectively synthesise and analyse information from multiple sources and consider the implications and consequences of their decision-making 
  • analyse data and maps to develop explanations and make conclusions

Group size: 25 students max. per class (two classes max. per session)
Pricing: 
$450.00 per class for two-hour tour
$650.00 per class for three-hour tour with the Circular Cities Challenge

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VCE: Systems Engineering

Description

Explore the Western Treatment Plant, find out about water management and learn about the technology that enables sewage to become a valuable and reusable resource.

Learning outcomes

Unit 3 & 4

  • Learn about how the largest sewage treatment plant in Melbourne operates
  • Find out about methane capture, renewable energy production and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
  • Explore the scientific, technological, environmental, economic and societal and human factors that led to the development of these technologies
  • Examine the life cycle of power supply

Student activities

  • Explore the sewage treatment plant by bus
  • Observe the process of sewage treatment, from when sewage enters the plant to its treatment and reuse or release
  • Identify the energy production technologies at the treatment plant
  • Discuss advantages and disadvantages of these energy sources

Group size: 25 students max. per class (two classes max. per session)
Pricing: $450.00 per class 
Duration: Two-hours

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Tertiary/ TAFE: Systems and Innovation

Description

Explore the Western Treatment Plant, find out about water management and learn about the technology that enables sewage to become a valuable and reusable resource.

Learning outcomes

  • Learn about how the largest sewage treatment plant in Melbourne operates
  • Develop an understanding about the clean energy technologies at the plant
  • Find out about methane capture, renewable energy production and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions

Student activities

  • Explore the sewage treatment plant by bus
  • Observe the process of sewage treatment, from when sewage enters the plant to its treatment and reuse or release
  • Identify the energy production technologies at the treatment plant
  • Discuss advantages and disadvantages of these energy sources

Group size: 25 students max. per class (two classes max. per session)
Pricing: $840.00 per group
Duration: Two-hours

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Community Discovery Tour

Description

Explore the Western Treatment Plant and Ramsar listed wetlands. Learn about water management, how sewage becomes a reusable resource and why this is important for the birds.

Visitors will

  • Learn about how the largest sewage treatment plant in Melbourne operates
  • Discover the history of the Western Treatment Plant and its importance to Melbourne
  • Learn about the flora and fauna

Visitor activities

  • Explore the sewage treatment plant by bus
  • Observe the process of sewage treatment, from when sewage enters the plant to its treatment and reuse or release
  • Explore the Ramsar listed wetlands and observe bird and animal species

Group size: 30 visitors maximum
Pricing: $780 per group maximum 50 visitors
Duration: Two-hours

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Industry Technical Tour

Description

Explore the Western Treatment Plant, find out about water management and learn about the technology that enables sewage to become a valuable and reusable resource.

Visitors will

  • Learn about how the largest sewage treatment plant in Melbourne operates
  • Find out about methane capture, renewable energy generation and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions 

Visitor activities

  • Explore the sewage treatment plant by bus
  • Observe the process of sewage treatment, from when sewage enters the plant to its treatment and reuse or release
  • Identify the energy production technologies at the treatment plant

Group size: 20 visitors maximum 
Pricing: $840 per group 
Duration: Two-hours

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International Delegate Technical Tour

Description

Explore the Western Treatment Plant, find out about water management and learn about the technology that enables sewage to become a valuable and reusable resource.

Visitors will

  • Learn about how the largest sewage treatment plant in Melbourne operates
  • Find out about methane capture, renewable energy generation and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions 

Visitor activities

  • Explore the sewage treatment plant by bus
  • Observe the process of sewage treatment, from when sewage enters the plant to its treatment and reuse or release
  • Identify the energy production technologies at the treatment plant

Group size: 20 visitors maximum 
Pricing:
$900 - $1,500 per group 
Duration: Two-three hours

Expressions of interest
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Prepare for your visit

Before your visit, read the following information and complete our venue and safety form before you arrive.

All tours will be cancelled on days of very poor or hazardous air quality.

Safety

We are committed to the safety of all visitors to our sites. When visiting our tour sites, we ask that you strictly follow these safety rules at all times:

  • wear closed-toe, flat-soled shoes – sandals and thongs are not permitted on site
  • wear long pants/trousers
  • stay with your tour guide at all times
  • while on tour do not climb on or over railings
  • do not touch any machinery or equipment
  • do not run.

The Western Treatment Plant treats sewage, which contains many micro-organisms including bacteria, viruses and parasites. When visiting the plant:

  • avoid contact with sewage and sewage-related products wash your hands before leaving the plant or eating
  • do not eat or drink during the tour
  • wash any contaminated clothing separately to your normal washing
  • cover any open wounds, and report any minor cuts or abrasions that occur while onsite to Melbourne Water
  • wear appropriate clothing for all weather conditions as activities are conducted outdoors.

Student supervision and discipline is the school’s responsibility, and teachers and adults accompanying school groups should actively supervise students at all times.

We reserve the right to cancel a booked tour and ask individuals or groups to leave the site immediately if any action or behaviour is unsafe. 

Venue and safety form

Download and return a signed copy of the relevant form when you arrive for your tour:

Child safe standards

We’re committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people, and providing a child-safe environment in line with our Child safe standards policy (49.46 KB, DOCX). All our Education Officers and Interpretation Officers have the relevant legal requirements (Working With Children Check or Victorian Institute of Teaching registration).

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