Water Journal : Water Journal December 2011
water DECEMBER 2011 45 conference reviews AWA's 2nd National Water Leadership Summit From 2--3 November, AWA hosted its 2nd National Water Leadership Summit. This seminal event on the AWA calendar showcases leading-edge thinking about the direction of the Australian water sector from some of the industry's stars. Andrew Speers, AWA National Manager -- Policy, reports. The Summit began this year with a dinner with delegates hearing a candid and forthright speech by Kim Wood, soon to be former Managing Director of Allconnex Water. Kim described the events that led to the dissolution of Allconnex, how this affected him and his employees, and the lessons that were learnt. There was extensive and positive feedback about Kim's presentation, who will shortly take up a role as Managing Director of Hunter Water in New South Wales. The dinner was kindly sponsored by Trility. The following morning a working breakfast sponsored by CSIRO was held where the Chief Executive of CSIRO, Dr Megan Clark, launched that organisation's new book: Water: Science and Solutions for Australia. Said Dr Clark: "Australians have always had a strong sense of living in a dry continent, and have a long history of adapting to the extremes of floods and droughts. It is no surprise that our society is increasingly seeking information about the challenges of securing water resources for all users, especially with prospects of growing use of water and changing climate. This book seeks to provide a bridge from the peer-reviewed scientific literature to a broader audience of society while providing the depth of science that this complex issue demands and deserves." A free copy of the book can be downloaded from: www.csiro.au/resources/Water-Book.html The National Water Leadership Summit was formally launched by the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Tony Burke. Mr Burke provided a well-considered and structured overview of the Government's position with regard to the management of rural water, particularly with respect to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, the release of which is imminent. Delegates then moved to the formal conference room, where the day's first speaker was Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young. Senator Hanson-Young reiterated the Greens' commitment to the sustainable management of Australia's water resources. A copy of her speech is available online (visit the AWA website and search for Hanson-Young). Dr Clark then returned to give a keynote address on the role of research and development in the management of water issues in Australia. Dr Clark outlined some of the climatic conditions and extremes predicted for Australia in future, and called for a coordinated national approach to environmental research in this country. Delegates were then privileged to hear from Governor Christine Todd Whitman, head of the Whitman Strategy Group, former Governor of New Jersey and former Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). Governor Whitman provided an international perspective of the challenges the globe faces in water management, the issue she believes is the most pressing environmental concern in the 21st century. Her speech ranged from the macro-challenges of climate change and water security to the suburban challenges of infrastructure investment and maintenance. Governor Whitman made particular mention of Australia's water expertise and encouraged Australian practitioners, both private and public, to take this expertise to the world. A copy of Governor Whitman's speech is available on the AWA website. Delegates next heard from James Cameron, Chief Executive Officer of the National Water Commission, who spoke about the direction of water reform in Australia, both rural and urban. The National Water Commission has been at the forefront of water reform in Australia over the past five years, and is responsible for overseeing progress in the implementation of the National Water Initiative. James spoke about the common themes emerging from several key reports recently released, including the Productivity Commission's inquiry into Urban Water (see separate article, opposite) and the National Water Commission's own Urban The Power In Nature EcoCatalysts is bringing about a fundamental transformation in the advanced treatment of our wastewater resources. We are providing a superior, completely non-toxic alternative to the harsh and caustic chemicals which are now used throughout the world by municipalities and industry. 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