This fragile system: water reform

This fragile system: water reform

May 3
The next phase of water reform is critical. Hear directly from policy makers and leading thinkers on best practices and the new ideas for rapidly growing urban centres. 
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Malcolm Thompson, Deputy Secretary Water Division, Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Professor Tony Wong, Chief Executive Officer, Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities
Natalie Muir, General Manager, South East Queensland, Cardno

Event Overview

Join CEDA’s audience when we question Australia’s ability to manage the effects of climate change, drought and population growth on water security.

Water is a critical service -  its provisioning and supply underpins economic, urban and regional development. The industry is a $13 billion revenue market employing over 16,000 people across the country. Industry stewards understand that the viability of communities, businesses and industries across Australia depends on getting water right.

Following much strong work in the past, the momentum of water policy reform has not kept pace with new demands. Hear the next phase of reform, the complex issues of water, and how to improve our management of this fragile system, too often taken for granted but perpetually relied on for growth.

Event presentations

Malcolm Thompson, Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources MP3 | PDF

Professor Tony Wong, Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities MP3 | PDF

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF


Meet the speakers

Malcolm Thompson
Deputy Secretary Water Division, Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Malcolm leads the promotion of sustainable water development nationally under the principles of the National Water Initiative which he helped establish along with the National Water Commission. He began his career in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and has served in senior roles across government.

Professor Tony Wong
Chief Executive Officer, Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities

Tony leads works to improve management of urban water resources to ensure cities are resilient to future pressures. Tony has led award winning urban design projects, his work is recognised with the The International Water Association’s 2018 Global Water Award and the Sir John Holland Award as Australia’s 2010 Civil Engineer of the Year.

Meet the moderator

Natalie Muir
General Manager, South East Queensland, Cardno

Natalie has over 20 years’ experience working on water and wastewater infrastructure projects, from planning and investigations through to design and construction. She has held senior leadership and governance roles on the Logan Water Infrastructure Alliance, the Logan Water Alliance and the Mackay Planning and Project Development Panel.

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