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AWA & WSAA National Reconciliation Week 2023 Webinar

Icon of a calendar 1 Jun, 2023 | Small clock icon 3:00pm - 4:00pm AEST | Icon of a map pin Zoom (registration required)

You're invited to an exclusive National Reconciliation Week 2023 webinar organised by the Australian Water Association and Water Services Association of Australia. This year's theme, 'Be a Voice for Generations', is about sharing knowledge and experiences to all Australians and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
During the webinar, you'll hear from three generations of experts, leaders, and community members who will share their experiences working in the water industry, both the good and bad, and challenge the water sectors’ role in advancing reconciliation. We're excited to welcome three Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander leaders as our panellists who will share their experiences, insights, and ideas on achieving reconciliation through the water sector.
We'd love for you to join us for this informative and engaging webinar, where you can submit any questions, you have before or during the event. Register now to secure your place and take part in this crucial conversation.

Meet Your Presenters


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David Kirby
Born and raised in Brewarrina, David is a proud First Nation Ngemba man and Grazier from the Northwest Flood Plains of NSW. David’s life has revolved around water with a deep spiritual connection as a custodian of the oldest man made structure on earth, Baiame Ngunnghu (Brewarrina Fishtraps), which is testament to the first recorded aquaculture and water management by humans on earth. David has been able to continue this through both Rural and Urban Water being the Utilities Manager at Brewarrina Shire Council for the past 12 years, as well as volunteering in a number of community groups and forums.


Veronica Murphy


Veronica Murphy
Veronica is a proud Kamilaroi yinnar (woman) from Moree NSW, her links to Country are through her father who grew up in Moree and her mother who was born on the banks of the McIntyre outside of Boggabilla. Veronica currently lives and works on Dharug Country in Western Sydney. In her role as First Nations Inclusion Specialist Veronica is leading the implementation of Sydney Water’s Innovate Level Reconciliation Action Plan. Veronica has a strong background in education, employment, and workforce development with a Bachelor of Arts in Community Management and Adult Education and a Master of Education. Veronica has over 20 years’ experience in public sector administration, program management and community education, Veronica is passionate about creating opportunities for more Aboriginal people to join an industry that plays a significant role in caring for such an important asset as ‘water’.

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Hmalan Hunter-Xénié
Hmalan is an environmental scientist of Tiwi/Iwaidja and Kaytej/Warlpiri descent [Northern Territory (NT), Australia] and Drehu descent (Lifou, New Caledonia). In 2020 she was awarded a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours from the Australian National University (ANU). Hmalan works on Larrakia Country, in Darwin, at Power and Water Corporation. She is the chair of its Reconciliation Action Plan working group. Hmalan is in the operations engineering support team within water services. In her role she coordinates contingency planning regarding water security for Aboriginal communities across the whole of the NT. Hmalan also volunteers her time outside of her nominal duties:
•    ANU Institute for Water Futures Indigenous Scholars Program Advisory board
•    National Indigenous STEM Professional Network
•    Tutor for Aboriginal Studies, beginner French and Science mentoring Indigenous undergraduates.

Event Details
Date Thursday, 1 June 2023
Time 3:00pm to 4:00pm AEST
Venue Webinar - Online 
Webinar Link Please register below to receive a webinar link.

For more information please contact:
Katie Trevor, International & Industry Program Manager

This webinar is open to AWA Members and WSAA Members only and is free to attend. 

Please note AWA & WSAA are committed to providing a safe online space for our presenters to share their experiences and answer questions openly, therefore this webinar will not be recorded or made available post-event.


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