As a result of the recent high rainfalls and subsequent flooding Melbourne Water is working with emergency services and other relevant agencies to review the impacts to our waterways and assets. 

For flood or storm emergency assistance, contact the VIC SES on 132 500 and for life threatening emergencies call 000. 

You can access current emergency information by calling the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226 or sign up to receive regular updates regarding flooding via the emergency.vic.gov.au website and app.

Puddles the platypus (F-Year 2)


This activity explores the impact that stormwater pollution and people’s actions have on platypus and other animals that live in our creeks and rivers.

Students consider the different pollutants that can be added into a river along its journey and the cumulative impact they have on the health of the river and the animals within it. They will also discuss how everyone can take action to help animals like the platypus by reducing the impacts of stormwater pollution.

While this activity targets students from Foundation to Year 2, it can be adapted for (or by) students to Year 12. It can be used in Science, Geography and English as a writing stimulus and is also useful for community presentations.

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This lesson plan contains modules explicitly linked to the Victorian Curriculum.

Victorian curriculum links

  • VCSSU041: People use science in their daily lives
    Science > Science understanding > Science as a human endeavour
  • VCSSU042: Living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their basic needs, including food, water and shelter, are met
    Science > Science understanding > Biological sciences 
  • VCSSU043: Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves
    Science > Science understanding > Biological sciences
  • VCSSU047: Earth's resources are used in a variety of ways
    Science > Science understanding > Earth and space sciences
  • VCGGK068: Natural, managed and constructed features of places, their location and how they change
    Geography > Geographical knowledge > Places and our connection to them
  • VCGGK069: Reasons why some places are special and some places are important to people and how they can be looked after
    Geography > Geographical knowledge > Places and our connection to them 


Rover the platypus

Platypus Census

Help us build a better understanding of this elusive animal by reporting your platypus sightings, online or via the PlatypusSPOT app.

Platypus Census

Last updated:
22 April 2020