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Workshop and Panel Program (Day 1)

 

TUESDAY, 7 MAY 2019 (4:00PM - 5:30PM)

Workshop One

Water Services Association of Australia Presents: 

INDUSTRY COLLABORATION TO INCREASE INNOVATION FOR PIPE REHABILITATION

 

This workshop is intended to engage with all organisations involved with production and application of pipe lining materials including manufacturers, applicators, water utilities and research providers. The workshop is intended to discuss options to enhance the uptake of new pipeline rehabilitation technologies within the water and wastewater industry. It seeks to better understand and provide approaches to reduce barriers through a collaborative approach by utilities, manufactures and applicators.

 

Presenters

›› James Goode, Asset Management Program Coordinator, WSAA, Melbourne

›› Duncan Sinclair, Team Leader Asset Management, South East Water, Melbourne

›› Chris Frangos, ASTT President, ASTT, Melbourne

›› Dammika Vitanage, Asset Infrastructure Research Coordinator, Sydney Water Corporation, Sydney

 

Workshop Two

SDG Specialist Network Presents: 

IMPLEMENTING THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS UNDER CLIMATE CHANGE: NEW PARTNERSHIPS FOR TRANSFORMATION

 

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) call for balanced progress on economic development, social inclusion and environmental sustainability – across nations and generations. Water drives progress on the goals, hence the UN International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development 2018-2028. Climate change steps up the challenge, calling for transformative action. Together, the Australian Water Association SDG Specialist Network and the International Water Association (Australia) will lead a vibrant and productive dialogue with attendees and challengers from sectors beyond water. Workshop attendees will develop action plans for new partnerships dealing with emerging priorities in energy, food, health, insurance and social inclusion.

 

Panel Chair:

›› Professor John Thwaites – Chair ClimateWorks and Monash

Sustainability Institute, Melbourne

 

Challengers and Panellists:

›› Food & Agriculture – Professor Andrew Campbell, Chief Executive Officer, Australian

Centre for International Agricultural Research, Canberra

›› One Health – Associate Professor David Harley – Zoologist,

Epidemiologist and Medical Practitioner, Mater Research Institute-

UQ, University of Queensland, Brisbane, and Visiting Fellow, National

Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, The Australian

National University, Canberra

›› Insurance – Mr Tom Davies – Special Risks Climate Change, Insurance

Council of Australia, Sydney

›› Energy & Emissions  – Ms Vanessa Petrie – Chief Executive Officer, Beyond Zero

Emissions, Melbourne

›› Equality &  Inclusion – Associate Professor Joanne Chong, Research

Director, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology,

Sydney

 

Facilitators:

›› Dr Suzy Goldsmith – Co-Chair Australian Water Association SDG Specialist Network

›› Mr Darryl Day – Chair International Water Association Australia

 

Panel Three

Water Quality Specialist Network Presents: 

DROUGHT, DELUGES AND DISINFECTION; MANAGING WATER QUALITY IN AN ENVIRONMENT OF CLIMATE CHANGE

A panel discussion around the impacts of climate change on water quality from various perspectives within the water industry. The discussion will explore the impacts of climate change on drinking water quality, particularly in respect to catchment raw water quality (pathogens, nutrients, algal blooms, taste and odour, organics and other emerging contaminants) and proposed changes to drinking water regulations (health-based targets and disinfection by-product limits). There will be a focus on methods and technologies used for monitoring, analysing and mitigating (treating) the hazards/risks posed by these changes. The intended audience are professionals working in fields impacted by these issues and the aim of the workshop is share and develop specialist knowledge and identify existing knowledge gaps in this area.

 

Panellists

›› Sally Williamson, Senior Water Technologist, Jacobs, Sydney

›› Andrew Bath, Principal, Water Quality, Water Corporation, Perth

›› Stuart Khan, Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW, Sydney

›› Duncan Middleton, Principal, Water Quality, Seqwater, Brisbane

 

Workshop Four

South East Water and Intelligent Water Networks Presents:

OPPORTUNITIES FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN THE WATER INDUSTRY 

 

In this Intelligent Water Networks facilitated Workshop participants will learn what is Artificial Intelligence, hear some experiences with AI in the water and other industries, and work together to define problems and match solutions. The Workshop will bring together water authorities and technology solution providers, so that knowledge of AI and the problems it can solve will be increased and potential collaborations can be initiated.

 

Presenters

›› Dr Adam Makarucha, AI Expert & IBM Q Ambassador, IBM Systems – ANZ

›› Dr Michael Storey, Managing Director, Isle Utilities (Asia-Pacific), Sydney

›› Glenn Harris, Team Leader Operations Centre and Asset Information, Sunbury

 

Panel Five

University of Newcastle Presents: 

MICROPLASTICS – MEGAPROBLEM?

 

There is an increasing awareness that microplastics are in the environment and are ending up in organisms, including us – humans. This Panel discussion will serve as a knowledge sharing forum. The objectives of this session are to:

›› Shed some light on the behaviour, fate and transport of microplastics

›› Share some of the known impacts of microplastics

›› Demonstrate how citizen science and people can assist

›› Highlight what is being done by the water utilities

›› Communicate development of regulations and guideline values

›› Find out concerns on the issue

›› Connect with stakeholders

›› Share concerns and have questions answered

 

Facilitators/Panellists

›› Thava Palanisami, Senior Research Fellow, University of Newcastle, Newcastle

›› Kathy Northcott, Research Manager, Water Research Australia, Adelaide

›› Jennifer DeFrance, Technical Officer, Water Sanitation Hygiene and Health at WHO, Geneva, Switzerland

›› Suresh Valiyaveettil, Associate Professor, National University of Singapore, Singapore

›› Kala Senathirajah, PhD Candidate, University of Newcastle

›› Ian Bail, the General Manager Service Delivery at Wannon Water, VIC

›› Anna Lundmark, Manager Science and Innovation, Hunter Water Corporation, NSW

 

Workshop Six

Thriving Communities Partnership Presents:

IMPROVING ACCESS AND SUPPORT FOR CONSUMERS WITH COGNITIVE DISABILITIES

 

The objective of this workshop is to expose participants to the needs of individuals with cognitive disabilities and to consider how they and their organisations can be more inclusive in the design of their products and services in order to provide for these individuals, as recommended in Improving Access and Support for Consumers with Cognitive Disabilities research recently completed by Melbourne Social Equity Institute. The intended audience is people who can influence, or have responsibility of product and service design within their organisations. After hearing from advocates with lived experience and about the research, participants will be asked to work in small groups to design a new bill format that considers the research recommendation, noting that these can be applied across other groups who may experience accessibility issues such as those who are culturally and/or linguistically diverse.

 

Facilitators

›› Voice at the Table, Melbourne

›› Ciara Sterling, CEO Thriving Communities Partnership, Melbourne

 

Panel Seven

Australian Water Association Presents:

VIETNAM – AUSTRALIA WATER UTILITY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM OUTCOMES AND LESSONS LEARNED

 

This panel will provide an opportunity to hear the experiences and outcomes from the ten water utilities involved in the Vietnam – Australia Water Utility Improvement Program (WUIP) over the past 3 years involving:

›› Son La Water Company – Cairns Regional Council Water & Waste

›› Saigon Water Corporation – Seqwater

›› Binh Duong Water Company – Westernport Water

›› Phu Tho Water Company – Coliban Water

›› Hue Water Company – Western Australia Water Corporation

The WUIP, supported by the Australian Water Partnership, has delivered improved water services to over 10 million customers in Vietnam through the sharing of knowledge and tools to support key areas of water utility performance including asset management, water quality, human resource development and business development. The panel will also present upcoming opportunities for Australian water professionals to get involved in future WUIP’s in Indonesia, Cambodia and the Pacific.

 

Presenters

›› Carmel Krogh, Incoming President, Australian Water Association

›› Mr Nguyen Hong Tien, Vice-Chair, Vietnam Water Supply and Sewerage Association

›› Professor Nick Schofield, CEO, Australian Water Partnership

›› Paul Smith, International Manager, Australian Water Association

›› An Nguyen, International Coordinator, Australian Water Association

 

Panellists

›› Son La Water Company and Cairns Regional Council Water & Waste

›› Saigon Water Corporation and Seqwater

›› Binh Duong Water Company and Westernport Water

›› Phu Tho Water Company and Coliban Water

›› Hue Water Company and Western Australia Water Corporation

 

Panel Eight

Water Research Australia Presents:

THE FUTURE ROLE OF CATCHMENTS – ARE LIVEABILITY OUTCOMES ALIGNED TO PUBLIC HEALTH PROTECTION?

 

Recreational access to drinking water catchments and storages is of increasing importance to the Australian water industry. This workshop will synthesise panellists’ and audience members’ experience and knowledge of the current state in Australia. It will also seek to understand changes to risk management practices in light of increasing prevalence of recreation in the past decade. The intended audience includes drinking water quality and catchment managers, liveability and urban planners, and potentially community advocacy groups.

 

Presenters

›› Kelly Hill, Research Manager, Water Research Australia, Adelaide

›› Chris Owens, Senior Analyst, Sydney Water / Doctoral candidate, University of New South Wales, Sydney

›› Cameron Veal, Catchment Water Quality Technical Coordinator, Seqwater, Brisbane

›› Rachel Miller, Head, Water Quality, Water Corporation of Western Australia, Perth

›› Suzie Sarkis, Manager Water Program, Department of Health and Human Services Victoria, Melbourne

›› Dan Hoefel, Senior Manager Water Expertise & Research, SA Water, Adelaide

 

Workshop Nine

Melbourne Water Presents:

CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION – MAKING A DIFFERENCE

 

This workshop will begin by describing the consequences of climate change for the water industry and the need for mitigation. Highlights of the session include a keynote speaker, providing insights into the climate change challenge & what can be done to mitigate climate change within our ever-changing conditions. Water utilities from around the country will have agreed to share specific case studies and best practice examples on what can be done to mitigate climate change. Delegates will then be invited to address the speakers and ask questions specific to their areas of expertise. The key elements and lessons learned from each case study will be captured as a one-page handout. This will include contact details for the utility to encourage delegates to make contact should they want to get more information.

 

MC

›› David Hardy, Team Leader Innovation & Partnerships, Melbourne Water Corporation, Melbourne

›› Chris Williams, Manager Integrated Planning, Melbourne Water, Melbourne

 

Guest Speaker

›› Dr Jill Fagan, Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

 

Panellists

›› Ms Deborah Riley, Principal Resilience, Melbourne Water Corporation, Melbourne

›› Dr Ben van der Akker, SA Water Corporation

›› David Derkenne, Hunter Water Corporation, Newcastle

›› Mr Matt Stewart, Barwon Water

›› Dr Heri Bustamante, Sydney Water 

 

 

Panel Ten

Water Efficiency Specialist Network Presents:

THE ILLUSION OF AVERAGES AND THE MISSED OPPORTUNITIES – THIS PANEL MIGHT CHANGE EVERYTHING YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW ABOUT WATER EFFICIENCY

 

Water demand is deceptively complex, and incredible opportunities for improving efficiency are hiding in plain sight. Average assumptions are not useful at the lot scale where real people use water. These variations in behaviour and situation propagate throughout urban water systems driving critical complexity. Often this complexity is ignored with broadbrush assumptions and averages used in decision-making, blinding us to savings we can no longer afford to miss. To explore these concepts the panel will draw local examples; from real projects demonstrating improbable value from efficiency, to full system analyses of Australian cities, network opportunity maps and non-residential low-hanging fruit.

 

Facilitator

Jethro Laidlaw, Manager Water Demand, Power and Water Corporation

 

Panellists

›› Rachel Watson, Research Consultant, Institute of Sustainable Futures, Sydney

›› Peter Coombes, Managing Director, Urban Water Cycle Solutions, Melbourne

›› Andre Boerema, Program Manager, Drought, Sydney Water, Sydney

›› Adam Jones, Principal Engineer, Water Efficiency Lead, BMT, Sydney

›› Melanie Marantelli, Manager Campaigns and Programs, Yarra Valley Water, Melbourne

 

*There is no cost to full and day delegates to attend workshops or pre-registration required. Attendance is limited and will be based on a ‘first-come, first seated’ basis.

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