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WSAA & AWA Stream - Workshop and Panel Program (Day 2)


AWA/WSAA Stream - Workshop and Panel Program (Day 2)

Session 1 | 10.45am – 12.15pm

Session Name: Water for health and well being

Classification: Panel

This session will start by establishing the case for water centric urban form and the benefits it can deliver. While investing in urban water to create liveable cities delivers ongoing benefits to people’s health, there has not been proof - until now. Landmark work by Frontier Economics for WSAA quantifies the health and environment benefits to the community from investing in water to create liveable cities. As well as an overview of that work we will hear from Melbourne Water on their liveability efforts and the associated health and social outcomes. There will also be a question and answer time with the Panel.

Facilitators: Stuart Wilson, Deputy Executive Director, Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) and Gayathri Jasper, Liveable Communities Advisor, WSAA

Presenters and panellists:

  • Mike Woolston, Economist, Frontier Economics
  • Tracey Slatter, Managing Director, Barwon Water
  • Rod Simpson, Environment Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission (invited)
  • Melbourne Water case study

Session 2 | 1.15pm – 3.15pm

Session Name: Water for growth

Classification: Panel and workshop

How can we deliver on the vision for the future? How do we get projects off the ground that will provide long term health and liveability benefits? What does the customer want and who pays? Tackling the growth conundrum, we'll take a look at the role of developers in funding growth and hear about recent research on willingness to pay and liveability. The session will also consider the institutional arrangements needed for the future and the role that innovative partnerships can play.

The session will include speakers, Q & A panel and round table discussions.

Facilitators: Stuart Wilson, Deputy Executive Director, Water Services Association of Australia and Ben Furmage, Chief Operating and Finance Officer, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities

Presenters and panellists:

  • Dr Jane Doolan, Commissioner, Productivity Commission
  • Jim Bentley, Managing Director, Hunter Water
  • Louise Dudley, Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Urban Utilities
  • Terri Benson, Managing Director, South East Water

Session 3 | 4pm – 5.30pm

Session Name: Working towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Classification: Panel

Since WSAA released its Global Goals for Local Communities Paper in August 2017 there has been good work by the urban water industry to advance the Goals. One challenging area is the provision of water and wastewater services to remote indigenous communities. The Research Collective has just completed work that outlines the challenges and needs for improved and sustainable water and sewerage service outcomes for these communities.  In addition we will hear about the development of Reconciliation Action Plans by WSAA members and case studies in working with Traditional Owners and community groups to create opportunities and two-way capacity building.  

Facilitator: Stuart Wilson, Deputy Executive Director, Water Services Association of Australia

Presenters and panellists: 

  • Dr Nina Hall, Lecturer, University of Queensland
  • Rosie Wheen, Chief Executive, WaterAid
  • Pat McCafferty, Managing Director, Yarra Valley Water
  • Nina Braid, Aboriginal Partnerships & Business Development Manager, Yarra Valley Water
  • Water Corporation (invited)


*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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