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AUSTRALIAN WATER SECURITY & INFRASTRUCTURE SUMMIT

16th - 18th, March 2021
Sydney, AU

Collaborate to explore tangible solutions to drought and ensure the future of our water security

Overview

- Explore tangible solutions to guarantee water security
- Navigate water policy and governance
- Collaborate and communicate for success
- Secure the future of Australian water

Agenda

Leveraging key infrastructure projects to ensure a safe and secure water future
Testing the waters - Ramifications from the Barwon-Darling water sharing plan
We're all in this together - Public/private partnering is the key to achieving sustainable and affordable water security
Collaboration as the key to building long term water solutions during drought
Challenges for water policy and governance
Navigating uncharted waters - Using Reverse Osmosis (RO) for water security
Water security from an international perspective
Strengthen partnerships to drive a sustainable water future
Community impacts during the water security crisis
Fire and water - Ensuring water security during the bushfire crisis
Securing our water future - 2050 and beyond
Water for life - Developing water resources planning
Drought and emergency management to lead communities through crises
Continue the conversation - Collaboration and long term water sustainability
Navigate social and community impacts of water scarcity and drought
Summit Day One

16 Mar

Case Study

With drought bringing a steady decline in water availability in regional towns across Australia, infrastructure leverage is crucial to our survival. In light of the ongoing crisis, an $87 million investment from the NSW government will ensure more than 30 urgent water infrastructure projects will be underway in drought-stricken communities. Melinda will share her integrated approach to water sustainability and infrastructure projects in regional NSW.


- Fast-tracking water infrastructure in regional NSW in response to the crisis

- Navigate regulatory policy on water availability

- The importance of communication and transparency

  • Melinda Pavey Minister for Water Parliament of NSW

Case Study

The expansion of water extraction and drought is stretching sustainable diversion limits as competition intensifies. With nationwide restrictions and debates turning to the cultural and community impacts of water sharing, creating sustainable water sharing plans must be our priority.


Bryce will share the Natural Resources Commission’s work with water sharing plans, their impacts on the community, and how we can guarantee the future of our water security.


- Tensions, challenges and cultural considerations of water sharing

- Using the triple-bottom-line framework to assess sustainable limits

- Ensuring the future of our water security

  • Bryce Wilde Executive Director Natural Resources Commission

Case Study

Governance lies at the heart of the water crisis, as it creates an environment where we must recognise the value of water and ensure collaboration between the private and public sectors. By recognising that the private sector is an indispensable partner in water management, we can put water security at the core of sustainable development.


- Forge partnerships beyond government

- Innovative infrastructure for water security

- Deliver resilient water services

  • Jim Bentley Chief Executive Officer, Water Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

Panel

The impacts of water scarcity have evolved from being environment-centric to having adverse effects on the Australian economy. The ramifications of drought are being felt through all levels of government and have a direct, substantial impact on Australian industries.


Collaborative action between research, industry and government will create long term, sustainable water security. This diverse panel of experts will discuss what water security means for them, and how we can create a model for collective action.


- What does water security mean to you?

- Explore short term fixes and long term solutions

- Create a model for collective action

  • James McTavish NSW Cross Border Commissioner and NSW Regional Town Water Supply Coordinator Department of Premier and Cabinet NSW

  • Mark Simister Head of Delivery Management Sydney Water

  • Stuart Khan Professor UNSW

  • Jackie Kruger General Manager Leeton Shire Council

Expert Commentary

Climate change is having an impact on annual rainfall and rainfall distribution. So how can we act in the national interest to secure a sustainable future? James will examine how climate change affects standout water issues, and what we should do about it.


-  Where we are now? Evidence from case studies

-  Main reforms to strengthen water security

-  Importance of implementation, communications and engagement

  • James Horne Principal James Horne and Associates

Case Study

Following level 5 water restrictions and record-breaking drought, Bellingen Shire Council had no other option than to explore emergency water supply options.


In this illuminating session, Bellingen's Mayor offers candid perspectives on the story, its impacts, and the strategies put in place to manage the situation. Dominic will discuss what it meant to move to 'severe' level water restrictions for the first time, the council's experience introducing desalination plants to ensure drinking supplies are maintained, and explore long term solutions to the water security crisis.


- Use RO plants as an emergency water source

- Manage community impacts of emergency restrictions

- Explore long term water security solutions

  • Dominic King Mayor Bellingen Shire Council

Expert Commentary

Following three consecutive years of extreme drought, the four million people of Cape Town faced 'Day Zero', the most extensive drought-induced municipal water failure in modern history. The city’s contingency plan called for the entire population to collect water from 200 centralised water centres—a maximum of two-minute showers worth a day, per person.


Through a combination of water conservation and efficiency measures, smarter use of data, and engaging all corners of the economy, the city managed to avert the crisis, but the challenges persist.


Join Benoit Le Roy as he discusses what Australia can learn from Cape Town's past and steps to ensure water security for the future.


- Lessons learned and how we can apply them to the Australian water crisis

- Water, the economy and big picture drivers

- Explore the Public-Private Growth Initiative

  • Benoit Le Roy Chief Executive Officer Water Shortage South Africa

Summit Day Two

17 Mar

Case Study



Case Study

Historically low inflows and water shortages have confronted the Armidale Regional Council. In early 2019, it became clear Guyra water supplies were running out. The response was to develop a water pipeline project designed to lift water from Malpas Dam back up to the Guyra Water treatment plant, providing Guyra with a secure supply of water for the first time in its history. This engaging session will explore the challenges that come with extreme drought, as well as changing behaviour and managing the impacts of community cohesion.


- The journey from raising awareness to inspiring action

- Overcome community impacts of drought

- Why we must invest in infrastructure to improve water security

  • Susan Law Chief Executive Officer Armidale Regional Council

Case Study

Under the NSW Safe and Secure Water Programme, Bega Valley is making concerted efforts to ensure water security for its residents. Through sound water management, Bega has bypassed water restrictions for the community, even through an extraordinary drought. However, 2019 has brought unprecedented challenges. How do you manage water when it is needed to defend your town against the worst bushfire season in living memory?


- Protect water availability and quality during severe bushfires

- To implement water restrictions or not?

- Water security through water management

  • Kristy McBain Mayor Bega Valley Shire Council

Panel

Australia’s population will grow by 60% in the next 30 years. With an average daily water usage of 340L per person, demand will reach far beyond the capacity of water infrastructure and supply. Our panel of experts will examine how we will achieve water security throughout droughts and thrive in the Decade for Action.


- Examine the intricate relationship between population development and water demand

- Ensure urban and regional water sustainability

- Thrive in the Decade for Action

  • Vicki Woodburn Executive Director Science, Knowledge and Engagement Murray-Darling Basin Authority

  • Adam Sincock Director, Urban Water and International Engagement, Water Division Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

  • Ian Wright Senior Lecturer University of Western Sydney

  • Geoffrey Smith Healthy Waterways Program Leader Blue Mountains City Council

Case Study

Water security is an issue that touches our lives, our communities, and our economy in complex and unexpected ways. With drought conditions affecting everyday life and the wider community, the impacts of the water crisis on mental health are far-reaching. Hardship in recent years has shown how our climate impacts water management practice and delivery, along with community discourse. 


- Explore a Water Security Programme

- Manage impacts on the community and mental health during drought

- Develop an effective drought response plan

Expert Commentary

Water scarcity threatens livelihoods, pressures communities on the brink, and bankrupts businesses - creating an economic and social crisis. So how do you create a sustainable future without a clear solution? David will provide you with tools to navigate community engagement and a shared-values based stakeholder management strategy. Develop dialogues with drought-ravaged communities, gain skills to lead communities and minimise adverse impacts on the community at large.


- Build and maintain your Social License to Operate 

- Improve outcomes for your organisation and the community

- Drought and emergency management strategies

  • David Nixon Drought Management Specialist Nixon Clarity

Roundtable

Our chair will bring together the themes and ideas, allowing you to revisit takeaways and implement tangible solutions moving forward in the water security crisis.


- Key takeaways from the summit

- Implement solutions for a safe and secure water future

- Create a community to continue the conversation

  • David Ross Director Phoenix Strategic Management

Post Summit Workshop

18 Mar

Workshop

Several years of acute water shortage have highlighted Australia’s increasing vulnerability to drought. The frequency, intensity and duration of droughts is increasing, stressing the need for robust adaptation strategies.

 

Statistical evidence shows drought has negative social and health impacts, and the effects on communities can be catastrophic. We must understand the challenges and influences on mental and physical health, work with communities to increase education, and shift habits under our changing environment. 

 

This workshop will unlock the enabling potential of successful stakeholder communication and community engagement during water security and climate change. You will discover strategies to collaborate with stakeholders and the wider community, explore techniques to establish and embed new norms of behaviour and community relationships with water, plus establish a best practice model to minimise fallout during sustained drought. 

 

Drought dominoes - Understanding the ripple effect of drought on communities and stakeholders

- Understand the challenges, opportunities and emerging influences

- Identify the impacts on physical and mental health

- Increase social cohesion, community development and sustainability

 

Build a stakeholder management or outrage management strategy

- Steps to establishing an outrage management program and strategy development

- Build and maintain a Social Licence to Operate (SLO)

- Embed your stakeholder communication action plan


Establish and embed appropriate organisational behavioural adaptations 

- Create new norms of behaviour using appropriate communication and education

- Shift established organisational, community and individual habits 

- Support communities in current and future water security crises

 

Water security and the community - 2050 and beyond

- Anticipate the challenges communities will face in the next five to ten years

- Facilitated discussion on what skills/traits are essential for effective drought management

- Contemplating the future of water security and the community

  • David Ross Director Phoenix Strategic Management

Speakers

  • Melinda Pavey

    Minister for Water

    Parliament of NSW
  • Jim Bentley

    Chief Executive Officer, Water

    Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
  • Susan Law

    Chief Executive Officer

    Armidale Regional Council
  • James McTavish

    NSW Cross Border Commissioner and NSW Regional Town Water Supply Coordinator

    Department of Premier and Cabinet NSW
  • Vicki Woodburn

    Executive Director Science, Knowledge and Engagement

    Murray-Darling Basin Authority
  • Dominic King

    Mayor

    Bellingen Shire Council
  • Mark Simister

    Head of Delivery Management

    Sydney Water
  • Adam Sincock

    Director, Urban Water and International Engagement, Water Division

    Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
  • Bryce Wilde

    Executive Director

    Natural Resources Commission
  • Ian Wright

    Senior Lecturer

    University of Western Sydney
  • Stuart Khan

    Professor

    UNSW
  • Jackie Kruger

    General Manager

    Leeton Shire Council
  • Geoffrey Smith

    Healthy Waterways Program Leader

    Blue Mountains City Council
  • Kristy McBain

    Mayor

    Bega Valley Shire Council
  • David Ross

    Director

    Phoenix Strategic Management
  • David Nixon

    Drought Management Specialist

    Nixon Clarity
  • James Horne

    Principal

    James Horne and Associates
  • Benoit Le Roy

    Chief Executive Officer

    Water Shortage South Africa

Pricing

Venue

Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour

100 Murray St, Sydney, NSW, 2009, Australia

+61 2 9934 0000

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