Water Journal : Current November 2017
www.awa.asn.au 14 Branch Presidents THE WATER INDUSTRY WILL FACE MANY CHALLENGES IN THE COMING YEAR, BUT AS THE BRANCH PRESIDENTS WILL TELL YOU, THIS WILL BRING ABOUT SEVERAL OPPORTUNITIES. KICKING WATER GOALS DAN SPACKMAN AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY What will the ACT branch focus on next year? The ACT's focus is 'smart water' and the role of technology in water management. For example, our recent technical conference 'Water Matters' focused on emerging trends in smart cities, asset management and big data. What are the biggest water challenges facing the ACT? The ACT has long suffered from poor water quality in its lakes, particularly Lake Burley Griffin. The Basin Priority Program aims to improve the quality of water entering our lakes and the Murray-Darling system. The Canberra region is growing and becoming more integrated, so there is an increased focus on collaborating across borders as well. How do you see the ACT contributing to the UN SDGs? The ACT Government has committed to ambitious sustainability targets including EMMA PRYOR NEW SOUTH WALES What will the NSW branch focus on next year? Delivering quality professional development opportunities; enabling connection across the industry through networking events and digital enablement of networking opportunities to widen our reach; promoting mentoring; and opportunities to give back. We will also provide and promote information and collateral to support industry engagement with policymakers. What are the biggest water challenges facing NSW right now? I think creating liveable and resilient places in our cities in a coordinated and integrated 100% renewable energy, waste minimisation and improved water quality. This is already playing out through the delivery of the Basin Priority Project, with further sustainable development made possible using pumped hydro to balance renewable energy, and the development of best-for-region water facilities that aim to deliver good outcomes not just for the ACT but for the whole of the region. way. Considering all needs (water, health, transport and education), is a big challenge and opportunity in our sector. So is ensuring communities in rural and remote NSW are sustainable, productive and vibrant places to live and work. How do you see NSW contributing to the UN SDGs? The water utilities of Australia have recently committed to supporting the SDGs. As providers of essential services, our utilities want to see the realisation of SDG6; universal access to safe water and sanitation is key to creating a better future, and we know there is more work to be done. We will promote and raise awareness of the goals and the work our entire sector does to further them. What goal would you like to achieve in the next year? The Association can be a place that generates new insights and conversations among those who share the belief that sustainable water management -- from basic hygiene and sanitation to creating liveable places -- is fundamental to a healthy and prosperous society. Together with the committee, this is the culture I'd like to create in all that we deliver.
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