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Profiling core themes at the SA State Conference

The SA Conference will delve into some of the major issues in water management today in the state and beyond. For those interested in integrated water management or water in mining, numerous presentations will delve into these critical concerns in the sector today.

Integrated Water Management

Begin your day in the Opening Plenary session, where you will hear keynotes from Major Sumner AM, who has dedicated his life to promoting Aboriginal health and welfare and youth and cultural heritage and Joanne Chong, a Commissioner at the Productivity Commission, sharing her thoughts on Securing our Water Future.

After a short break exploring our trade exhibition, head into our presentation streams and hear from Department for Environment and Water's Peta Brettig and Ashley Kingsborough on their work to develop the Barossa Water Security Strategy, putting the conference theme into action in a practical example of how community-based visioning can be used to drive water strategy for the future.

After the lunch break, jump across the pond to learn about Disasters, the Water Infrastructure Industry, and Te Mana o te Wai – the New Zealand Water Future, presented by Amber Murphy from Beca Hunter H2O.

Stay in Room 3 to hear HydroPlan's John Gransbury with the presentation From Roofs to Green Spaces and Great Wine: Roseworthy Water Scheme, highlighting how foresight and partnerships can deliver smarter stormwater management within greenfield urban developments to provide local and regional benefits.

Also, hear from Georgia Hill from Arup sharing on Digitally Enabled, Detailed Emissions Inventories Unlocking Practical Interventions to Achieving Net Zero Wastewater.

Take another visit to our trade exhibition during the afternoon tea break, then return to the presentations with two papers highlighting the benefits of urban wetlands with Joe La Spina from WGA Engineers Constructed Urban Wetlands – The Opportunities that Lie Beyond Traditional Stormwater Management and Ben Taylor from Tonkin Detention Basin in Disguise – Learnings from the Victoria Park/Pakapakanthi Wetland Project.

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Water and Mining

Begin your day in the Opening Plenary session, where you will hear keynotes from Major Sumner AM, who has dedicated his life to promoting Aboriginal health and welfare, and youth and cultural heritage and Joanne Chong, a Commissioner at the Productivity Commission, sharing her thoughts on Securing our Water Future.

After a short break exploring our trade exhibition, hear from Mark Keppel from the Department of Environment and Water's presentation, The Far North Groundwater Model exploring groundwater modelling for management of the Great Artesian Basin in South Australia – an essential resource supporting our mining sector.

After the lunch break, continue your time in presentation streams hearing from Daniel Bonini from Osmoflo presenting A Case Study in Perseverance: Renewing a Sewer Pond at a Lead Smelter, putting the conference theme into action where continued investment in the WWTP at the Port Pirie Smelter through an MCA study and renewal project ensured the continued reliable operation of this plant for many years to come.

Also, hear from Paul Vince from WSP presenting Durability – At the Core of Future Water Affordability, where he will discuss how we can efficiently increase the life of assets to maintain the level of service without embarking on resource-intensive replacement programs due to degradation.

Finish up the afternoon session with Phil Staniford from KBR presenting on Supporting Regional Economic Growth with Alternate Water Supplies, where he will explore why investment in established regional economies is required to ensure sustainable production into the future.

Take another visit to our trade exhibition during the afternoon tea break, then return to the presentations to hear Michael Brown from KBR on Shared Value Through Social Procurement. This presentation will raise awareness and appreciation for social procurement's impact on industry and the community.

Finally, Nick Swain from SA Water will present Bushfire Proofing Water and Wastewater Assets, giving you innovative thinking and digital tools to ensure bushfire resilient water and wastewater assets.

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