NSW State Conference 2019

NSW State Conference 2019

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT - Please contact events@awa.asn.au for any questions.

The NSW State conference is being held in Orange, NSW on 8-9 August under the theme of
Strengthening Communities through Collaboration and Technology.

 The themes for the conference are:

•    Regional Water Management
•    Drought
•    Water and the Triple Bottom Line
•    Climate Action and Adaptation
•    Innovation
•    Urban Water Management
•    Asset Management
•    Your Workforce

See Conference Program Here

 Keynote Speakers

AWA President

Carmel is an experienced water infrastructure professional with extensive leadership and management skills. She has successfully combined both executive and non-executive roles and is currently National President of the Australian Water Association. Carmel has over 38 years industry experience and has made a significant contribution to the water sector and to the advancement of women. She was the first female to graduate from the NSW Institute of Technology (now UTS) in Civil Engineering. She also holds a Master of Engineering and Master of Business Administration.

She has had many years experience in local government in several senior roles, has worked in the private sector and has also worked as an Infrastructure Advisor for the Australian Aid Program. In 2019 Carmel was awarded an OAM in 2019 for her contribution to civil engineering. She was also recently awarded a Special Achievement Award by the Minister for Local Government for her contribution to the sector.

CEO, Infrastructure Collaborative

Jillian Kilby approaches life optimistically, with the logical thinking of a civil engineer, the roll-up-your-sleeves attitude of a farmer’s daughter from Coonamble, and an altruistic passion for change. CEO and Founder of The Infrastructure Collaborative, Jillian has served the infrastructure needs of NSW Local Governments west of the Blue Mountains since 2009. She works with clients in regional Australia and the US and enjoys cross-pollinating ideas.

Jillian uses a Design Thinking approach learned at Stanford University to solve problems and shift infrastructure projects from Government planning shelves to be shovel ready.
Her vision is to improve the commercial success of regional start-ups by increasing the capability, capacity and confidence of business owners. In particular, she wants to champion women to be brave with their lives and support them to pursue professional and personal goals. Jillian holds a Master of Business Administration & Master of Public Policy (2013–2016). In 2010 she won the Australian Young Professional Engineer Award and Sydney University Young Alumni of the Year Award.

Young Inventor, 2018 NSW Young Australian of the Year and 2017 Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize Winner

A rising star in the male-dominated world of science, Macinley Butson is an 18 year old inventor from Wollongong, NSW who achieved international success as the first ever Australian to win 1st place in the world at the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair in the category of Transitional Medical Science when she was only 16 years of age. A prolific inventor, Macinley has also taken home science awards for other exceptional ideas, such as a system that simultaneously collects solar power and filters water which won her the 2017 Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize, a spoon that accurately measures and delivers oral medicine to children, and a device that deters garden snails without the use of pesticides. She has become an inspirational role model for young Australians as the 2018 NSW Young Australian of the Year, empowering them to achieve greatness by working in the field of STEM and showing others how they can create and give back to the community. Macinley’s latest invention, the SODIS Sticker and her entry in this year’s Stockholm Junior Water Prize was inspired by her wanting to find a cost-effective way of assisting in water purification, especially for developing communities. Macinley’s SODIS Sticker accurately measures the solar UV exposure required to sanitise drinking water through a high accuracy transparent UV-sensitive film coupled with a partial UV blocking filter.

Chief Regulatory Officer at the Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR)

His focus is on leading the implementation of compliance and enforcement operations and building regulatory capacity. Specifically, NRAR is responsible for ensuring effective, efficient, transparent and accountable regulatory measures for natural resources management. We must also maintain public confidence in the enforcement of the natural resources management legislation. He is a driven individual with a strong public service ethic. I am an advocate of the importance of sound regulatory practice underpinned by rigorous evidence and a robust policy-making environment. I am motivated by the challenges facing public policy organisations managing complex, interrelated issues of increasing difficulty and sophistication. 
Conference Details
Date: Thursday 8 August – Friday 9 August 2019
Venue: Orange Ex-Services Club
Address: 231-243 Anson St, Orange NSW 2800


Registration type



Full Conference Registration



One Day - Thursday Only



One Day - Friday Only

Student - Full Conference Registration



Local Council - Full Conference Registration



YWP Networking Breakfast Only  Free  


1. A one-day conference registration does not include a networking function ticket. Should you wish to attend the networking function, you must purchase a networking function ticket ($110) in addition to your registration.
2. If you are an employee of a corporate member of the Association you are entitled to the member rate.
3. If you are attending the YWP Networking Breakfast only, please select the option 'Register for YWP Networking Breakfast Only' below. This does not include registration for the main conference. 

As a special promotion for the NSW Conference,  we have a promotional discount membership for regional people who wish to join AWA. To gain access to the benefits of an AWA membership at a significantly reduced rate,  please contact Tanya Cameron on tcameron@awa.asn.au.

YWP Networking Breakfast (Thursday, 8 August 2019 | 7:30am - 8:30am) *Registration required
Come for the coffee, stay for the networking, leave with new YWP connections

The Young Water Professionals program at the state conference takes a twist this year with an interactive breakfast. The YWPs will be joined by Jillian Kilby, who will share some insights from her career and experiences with the water sector. The breakfast workshop will be fast-paced, highly interactive and yet still casual in a café setting. The focus will be networking, without those awkward business card exchanges.

Registration for YWP Breakfast is now closed. Please contact tokai@awa.asn.au for inquiries.

Optional Site Tour - Blackmans Swamp Creek Stormwater Harvesting Scheme (hosted by Orange City Council)
Date: Wednesday, 7th August 2019
Time: 2:30pm 
Meet up location: Orange Ex-Services Club, Main Entrance
Cost: Free
PPE: Covered shoes, hat, long sleeves
Note: Those interested may need their own transport depending on numbers.
How to book: Please contact Mary Baxter on (02) 6393 8269 or at MBaxter@orange.nsw.gov.au

Orange City Council operate the Blackmans Swamp Creek Stormwater Harvesting Scheme was the first large scale, indirect-to-potable stormwater harvesting project in Australia. It has won numerous awards including the AWA National Awards – Infrastructure Project Innovation Award – Highly Commended.

The scheme includes some catchment pre-treatment before flows are harvested from the creek and transferred to a holding dam. It is then treated in batch ponds to meet target water quality criteria before being piped into Suma Park Dam to be treated with the other stored water for potable supply.

Progressing from concept to operational in 18 months the project harvest stormwater from approximately two thirds of the city of Orange. This project is capable of providing approximately 1300 ML of additional water into the Orange raw water supply , meeting around 25% of the city’s total water needs.
Accommodation Options
Mercure Orange (94 Byng Street) - part of the Orange Ex-Services’ Club
Walk to OESC = 3 minutes
*Mention you will be attending the Australian Water Association event at OESC to receive exclusive rates 

Heart of Orange (182 Anson Street)
Walk to OESC = 4 minutes

99 Hill Street Apartment and Cottage (99 Hill Street)
Walk to OESC = 8 minutes

De Russie Boutique Hotel Orange (72 Hill Street)
Walk to OESC = 9 minutes

Town Square Motel (246 Anson Street)
Walk to OESC = 3 minutes

Central Caleula Motor Inn (60 Summer Street)
Walk to OESC = 9 minutes

Explore Orange
While you are in Orange for the conference, we do encourage you to explore the local region. We hope you enjoy your stay. 
If you have arrived in Orange and are wondering what to do, please discover the area by following the links below: 
What to See in Orange
What to Do in Orange
What's On in Orange

For more information please contact:

Conference: TANYA CAMERON, Branch Manager | E: tcameron@awa.asn.au

Trade Exhibition: STEPHEN COMEY, Senior Exhibition Manager | E: scomey@awa.asn.au

Sponsorship: ELANA HUTHNANCE, Membership & Sponsorship Manager | E: ehuthnance@awa.asn.au

Thank you to our Conference Principal Partners



Conference Partner


Thank you to our Networking Sponsor


Thank you to Atom Consulting for Sponsoring YWP's to attend the Conference.


Strategic Sponsor

Visit the Destination NSW website for more information


Supported by our Strategic Partner



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