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Economic, cultural, spiritual and aesthetic value of water for people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and peoples of the Asia region (ACHASSK186)

Elaborations
  • examining and comparing places in Australia and countries of the Asia region that have economies and communities based on irrigation (for example, rice production in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area in NSW and the Mekong Delta in Vietnam)
  • exploring the multilayered meanings (material, cultural and spiritual wellbeing) associated with rivers, waterholes, seas, lakes, soaks and springs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
  • examining bays, rivers, waterfalls or lakes in Australia and in countries of the Asia region that have been listed as either World Heritage sites or national parks for their aesthetic and cultural value
  • investigating the spiritual significance of water in an Asian culture
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Water resources,  Sense of place,  Natural heritage

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Through our eyes: series 1

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Water quality and the Murray-Darling Basin

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Farms have distinctive features: producer video

This is a video about action for sustainability on the Willalooka Pastoral Company's property in South Australia. Owner Thyne McGregor describes the natural characteristics of the extensive property in terms of its rainfall, soil quality and the Marcollat Watercourse. He tells how the property was originally cleared for ...

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Digital Stories of the Land

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Smart Water - Precision Irrigation: video

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Smart water - Precision irrigation

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Using water sustainably through science

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Sustainable Agriculture- Water management

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Foreign Correspondent: Mesoamerican Reef threatened

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ABC News: Getting your facts straight about water use

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Foreign Correspondent: Prehistoric evidence

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Salinity and the Murray-Darling Basin

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Drought and flood in the Murray-Darling Basin

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Locks, Weirs and Dams

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Citizenship: Let's talk recognition

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Water and human wellbeing

This is an online resource about water availability on Flores, an Indonesian island, highlighting the importance of access to sufficient safe drinking water for the wellbeing of a community. It describes a project carried out by a partnership between AusAID, World Vision and local communities, to provide access to a plentiful ...