The annual National Water Week 2023 has kicked off, delivered by the Australian Water Association (AWA), the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) and The Water Conservancy.

This year’s National Water Week started on 16 October, with the theme ‘United by Water’ celebrating water’s vital role in connecting us all. Water touches every aspect of development, and helps drive the community, economy, supports healthy ecosystems, and is essential and fundamental for life.

The National Water Grid is the Federal Government’s primary water infrastructure program and supports this collaboration through its ongoing work program.

A panel featuring six experts will be held during National Water Week, on 18 October and will discuss what they imagine water security will look like for Australia in 2050. Panel members will include:

  • Kate McBride, The Australia Institute
  • Michelle Hobbs, The Australian Rivers Institute at Griffith University
  • Dr Paul Wyrwoll, Australian National University
  • Emeritus Professor Cynthia Mitchell, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney
  • Matthew Coulton, Bureau of Meteorology
  • Matthew Dadswell, Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

AWA CEO, Corinne Cheeseman, said, “United by Water acknowledges the important role water plays across all dimensions of our society and culture. Working in partnership across sectors, across countries, with our communities and with Traditional Knowledge in an inclusive and respectful way, will be required to tackle our current and future challenges.”

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