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North Queensland Conference 2023

Icon of a calendar 15 Aug, 2023 - 16 Aug, 2023 | Small clock icon 8.00am – 5.00pm AEST | Icon of a map pin The Ville Resort-Casino, Townsville

This year’s North Queensland Conference in Townsville will explore the theme of “Water in the North Driving Opportunity and Prosperity”.

Water is recognised as essential to unlocking economic opportunities and prosperity in North Queensland and the region is fortunate to be blessed with natural water features such as the Great Barrier Reef, local waterways and wetlands. However, the region faces significant challenges including climatic extremes, infrastructure provision and a shortage of skilled workers, which hamper the region's ability to unlock the benefits of these natural community assets.

With increasing recognition of the importance of water management for achieving sustainable, livable, resilient and productive communities, there is a need to learn from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the original custodians of land and water and empower communities in the North to sustainably manage our shared water resources.

The conference deliberately seeks to provide a forum where technical learnings are celebrated and personal growth is commended with papers and presentations targeted at enhancing our industry through SHARED experiences, CONNECTED membership, and INSPIRED individuals.

Call for Papers

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Submit your abstract for the North Queensland Conference 2023 here: 

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The call for papers will close at 5pm AEST on Monday, 20 February 2023

Event Details

Conference & Exhibition

Date Tuesday, 15 August - Wednesday, 16 August 2023
Time 8:00am - 5:00pm AEST
Venue The Ville Resort-Casino 
Address Sir Leslie Thiess Dr, Townsville QLD 4810

Welcome Networking Function 

Date Monday, 14 August 2023
Time 6:00pm - 9:00pm AEST
Venue To be announced 
Cost  $60 [in addition to Conference Registration]

Conference Dinner 

Date Tuesday, 15 August 2023
Time 6:30pm - 11:00pm AEST
Venue To be announced 
Cost  Included in the conference registration 


Registrations will open in May 2023.

If you wish to find out more about AWA's membership benefits, contact membership@awa.asn.au.

COVIDSafe Event Guidelines
The Australian Water Association has closely followed Government recommendations to develop COVIDSafe Guidelines for AWA events going forward. These guidelines will be in place at this event and have been developed to ensure attendee health and safety. Your support is also essential to keep this event COVIDSafe. We ask that delegates observe good hygiene and physical distancing at the event, where possible. If you are feeling unwell, please do not attend the event. Please email events@awa.asn.au at least 24 hours prior to the event if you are unable to attend due to illness. Under these circumstances a transfer of your registration to a colleague will be accepted at no cost. If Government restrictions impact your ability to attend, or AWA's ability to hold the event, an AWA team member will be in touch to discuss your registration.

For more information please contact:
Laura Steffan, Senior Events Manager | P: 02 9467 8408 | E: lsteffan@awa.asn.au

Sponsorship and Exhibition:
Carlie Sargent, QLD Member Engagement Manager | Ph: 02 9467 8451 | E: csargent@awa.asn.au

Thank you to our North Queensland Conference 2023 Sponsors:
  Best Paper Sponsor  
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