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NSW State Conference 2022

Icon of a calendar 17 Aug, 2022 - 18 Aug, 2022 | Small clock icon 8:30am – 5:00pm AEST | Icon of a map pin Panthers, 1 Bay St, Port Macquarie

The theme for this year, Shocks and Disruptions - Operating and Planning in Uncertainty, aligns with the Australian Water Association’s Strategy to Share, Connect and Inspire professionals across the water industry, including with its affiliates.

Conference Sub-Themes are:
- Operating and planning through shocks and disruptions
- Regional Water Strategies / Management / Water reform
- Water quality – community safety in our hands
- Water security
- Indigenous water engagement
- Global connections
- Innovation & collaboration
- Water reuse / circular economy
- Regional engagement & water solutions

Delegates will be provided with opportunities to:
- SHARE: information and knowledge that is relevant to regional NSW
- CONNECT: with members and water professionals from diverse industries
- INSPIRE: each other to make a positive change within the water industry; both urban and rural

The conference will continue to provide a strong technical focus and the forum for social interaction and networking that delegates have come to expect from the event. Papers and presentations will provide learnings, insights and showcase approaches to water management and infrastructure relevant to the region. The series of NSW Regional Conferences have been very successful over the years, with over 130 people attending recent regional conferences.


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Keynote Speakers 

Anika Molesworth Dr Anika Molesworth
Agroecology Scientist and Farmer
Dr Anika Molesworth is a farmer, scientist and storyteller. She is widely recognised for her work in agriculture and food systems and generating climate change awareness, and is author of Our Sunburnt Country. Awards include Young Farmer of the Year (2015) and Young Australian of the Year, New South Wales Finalist (2017). Anika is passionate about ensuring the best possible future for the planet, people and the food on our plates.
Hear Anika speak on Day 1: Wednesday, 17 August.
Paul Scully-Power Dr Paul Scully-Power
Australia's First Astronaut
Dr Paul Scully-Power is an integrator, strategist and orthogonal thinker and is Australia’s first astronaut. A leader in applying technology, he has broad expertise in defence, national security & intelligence, aviation & aerospace, cybersecurity, remote sensing, and systems analysis & ICT. He is currently engaged in artificial intelligence (national iAward for innovation), UAVs, microsatellites, smart sensors, nanotechnology and big data analytics.
Hear Paul speak on Day 2: Thursday, 18 August.

Program Highlights 
The Great Regional Debate
Day 1: Wednesday 17 August at 3:10pm
The NSW Branch Committee and YWP sub committee are hosting the Great Regional Debate. Participants at the state conference will debate innovation and its place in the regional water industry, including the appetite for risk, the priority it should have and whether we should celebrate it or not.
Delegates will decide who has the best argument, and what the NSW Regional Water Champions should focus on going forward.

What are Shocks and Disruptions? 
Day 2 : Thursday 18 August at 9:40am
We have gathered industry experts to provide an interactive panel discussion on what are the shocks and disruptions facing the water sector, how we are responding, and how we can harness new technologies such as nanosatellites and remote sensing to improve our resilience.


Registration Type Member Rate Non-Member Rate
Full Registration
All day Catering + Networking Event on Wednesday
$600 $840
One Day Registration
Morning tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea for one day + Networking Event on Wednesday
$365 $510
Student Full Conference Registration
All day Catering + Networking Event on Wednesday
$300 N/A
Local Council Full Conference Registration
All day Catering + Networking Event on Wednesday
$395 N/A
YWP Full Conference Registration
All day Catering + Networking Event on Wednesday
$395 N/A
YWP Breakfast
Available for YWP or Student Registration as an add on for existing conference registration
$30 N/A

Registration is now closed. For enquiries, please contact

Event Details

Conference & Exhibition:

Date Wednesday 17 & Thursday 18 August 2022
Time Day 1: 8:30am - 5:00pm AEST
Day 2: 8:30am - 3:00pm AEST
Venue Panthers
Address 1 Bay St, Port Macquarie

Networking Drinks (Proudly sponsored by Tonkin):

Date Wednesday 17 August 2022
Time 6:30pm - 9:30pm AEST
Venue Sails
Address 20 Park St, Port Macquarie

Young Water Professionals Networking Breakfast (Proudly sponsored by Atom Consulting):
Young Water Professionals have an opportunity to attend the Networking Breakfast prior to the conference.
Registration: Add this to your registration at the time of booking. If you have already registered for the conference and wish to join the breakfast, please contact to arrange an 'add on' to your existing registration.

Date Wednesday 17 August 2022
Time 7:00am
Venue Sails
Address 20 Park St, Port Macquarie

Accommodation in Port Macquarie: 
Mantra The Observatory
The Mantra has kindly offered a 10% discount off best available rate from 17-19 August 2022.
Please use code: Australianwater22.

Sails by Rydges
Sails has kindly offered a discounted rate per room from 18-19 August 2022. 
When booking, click the “I have a code” toggle and insert the booking code 
AWANSW2021 in the block code section. 
Please contact the hotel directly with any queries.

Visit NSW
While you're in Port Macquarie, don't forget to visit some of the regions attractions.

NSWPort Macquarie Coastal Walk

NSW2Gaol Point Lookout

NSW3Shelley Beach

Images courtesy of Destination NSW

COVIDSafe 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 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:
Tanya Cameron, Member Engagement Manager (NSW/ACT) | Ph: 02 9467 8407 | E:
Laura Steffan, Event Manager | Ph: 02 9467 8408 | E:

Trade Exhibition
Stephen Comey, Senior Exhibition Manager | Ph: 02 9467 8406 | E:

Thank you to our sponsors

Principal Partners

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Major Sponsor





Conference Supporter 

Conference Partner 

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YWP Breakfast Partner

Best Paper Sponsor

Networking Sponsor

Atom Consulting

University of Queensland


Strategic Sponsor


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