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Workshop and Panel Program (Day 3)

Thursday, 18 May 2017

FIFTEEN

Panel

9.00am - 10.30pm

SYDNEY WATER PRESENTS:
THE RISE OF BOTTLED WATER: WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR TAP WATER AND PUBLIC WATER UTILITIES  

Bottled water has become a normal part of many people's lives, with the Australian bottled water industry now valued at $688M. This is all about consumer choice, right? Or is it? How are bottled water markets reshaping our customers’ needs, expectations and perceptions? What are the implications of this new drinking practice for tap water and public water utilities? What can we learn from bottled water marketing and drinkers to improve perceptions of tap water and its value? These questions, social research insights and a call to action for water utilities will be discussed.

Panellists

  • Kate Browne, Editor – Lifestyle, CHOICE, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • Prof Gay Hawkins, Research Fellow, Western Sydney University, Institute of Culture and Society, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • Dr Abby Lopes, Senior Lecturer, Western Sydney University, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • Mike Daniels, Director, Behavioural Architects, Sydney, NSW, Australia

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SIXTEEN

Workshop

9.00am - 10.30pm

MELBOURNE WATER PRESENTS:
INNOVATIVE USES OF PUBLIC LAND FOR IMPROVED LIVEABILITY

Come and experience a multi- agency consideration of a proposed alternative use of a major area of public land for improved Liveability outcomes! The panel will be made up several key government agency, local government and water authority representatives, all of whom have a role in the current and future management of the site. Bring your questions and ideas for alternative land use for liveability outcomes and include them in the discussion!

Facilitated by: Michelle Ezzy, Principal, Liveability – Liveability and Environmental Stewardship | Integrated Planning, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Presenters to be announced shortly.

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SEVENTEEN

Workshop

11.15am - 12.45pm

SYDNEY WATER PRESENTS:
INNOVATIVE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FOR ODOUR MANAGEMENT 

The management of odours in wastewater systems is a significant challenge for water utilities worldwide. Recent advances in sensing technologies, odour characterisation and analytics represent an opportunity for the water industry to come together and improve its odour management practices and engagement with local communities. Bringing international expertise together to share innovations and discuss best practice and innovative tools for odour management and communication purposes will inform future customer engagement and improve regulatory confidence. The water industry, together with its collaborative partners, will articulate the industry needs and innovation drivers, establish best practice and discuss how these innovations can be translated to the water industry. 

Presenters

  • Dammika Vitanage, Asset Infrastructure Research Coordinator, Sydney Water, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • Paul Higham, Liveable City Solutions, Sydney Water, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • Rob Kelly, SUEZ
  • Prof. Richard Stuetz, UNSW
  • Dr Gayle Newcombe, Manager Customer Value and WQ Research, SA Water, Adelaide, SA, Australia
  • Dr Nicola Nelson, Manager, Science, Sydney Water, Sydney, NSW, Australia

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EIGHTEEN

Workshop

11.15am - 12.45pm

WATER & HEALTH PRESENTS:
LEGIONELLA: LEARNING FROM THE PAST AND DEVELOPING A COORDINATED NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR THE FUTURE

Presenters will summarise the current state of scientific knowledge surrounding the occurrence and management of Legionella in Australian water systems. Recent outbreaks in Queensland and New South Wales including the state response to these outbreaks will be presented, and provide the basis for discussion of a coordinated national approach. An interactive panel discussion will allow audience contribution. The discussion is intended to bring together researchers, policy makers and the water industry in order to identify key knowledge gaps, regulatory and communication needs to support the effective management of Legionella nationally.

Facilitated by: Susan Petterson, Director, Water & Health Pty Ltd; Editor for the Journal of Water and Health; and Member of the Water Quality Advisory Committee (WQAC) for the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia

Presenters:

  • Martha Sinclair, Senior Research Fellow, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Australia
  • Tony Burns, Senior Environmental Health Officer & Legionella Consultant, NSW Health, Australia
  • Greg Jackson, Director, Water Unit, Queensland Health, Australia and Phil Bond, Senior Research Fellow,
  • Advanced Water Management Centre, University of Queensland, Australia
  • David Cunliffe, Principal Water Quality Advisor, SA Health, Chair of the Environmental Health Standing Committee (enHealth) Water Quality Working Group, Australia

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