Gladstone Area Water Board is looking for your stories

Gladstone Area Water Board is looking for your stories

2023 marks 50 years since the Gladstone Area Water Board (GAWB) started supplying water to the region, and the organisation is gearing up for a year of commemoration and celebration with several exciting initiatives planned for the Gladstone community, employees and stakeholders.

One of the activities is a corporate history project, and GAWB is looking for the Gladstone community’s memorable water stories from the past 50 years.

GAWB spokesperson, Communications Specialist Grace Duckham said that the goal was to obtain stories that provided a diverse reflection of Gladstone’s water story.

“When we started the history project, we obviously received a lot of stories from within our business, but we are also interested in capturing stories from the community and past employees.

We would love to hear your special memories of Lake Awoonga and GAWB along with photos and videos that you would be willing to share.”

The intention is to capture and curate the stories in an exhibition, on the GAWB website and in a coffee-table book to be produced at the end of 2023.  All stories and pictures will be credited to the authors, and the selected story tellers will be invited to the project’s launch event.

“We are especially looking for dam construction memories, milestone events you may have had at the dam such as weddings, pictures from champion fishing competitions or even just funny stories that happened at the dam over the past 50 years.”

Any stories from the 1960s until the present day are eligible. Entrants can submit their stories as written materials marked as ‘Then and Now project’ to either the GAWB office 136 Goondoon Street or email them to

The deadline for story submission is Monday 6 February 2023.

 Photo courtesy of Gladstone Area Water Board.

For more information, please contact:

Grace Duckham

0438 673 776

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