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NT Water Breakfast 2023

Icon of a calendar 17 Feb, 2023 - 17 Feb, 2023 | Small clock icon 7.15 - 9.45 am ACST | Icon of a map pin Mitchell Street Hilton, Darwin

How can we deliver water security for all Territorians, now and into the future? Join us for our annual NT Water Breakfast as we discuss Servicing Territory communities – opportunities and challenges in providing safe drinking water.

The panel’s focus will be the commitment of the Northern Territory Government in the Draft Strategic Water Plan to provide safe and sustainable drinking water for our Territory communities.

The Darwin event will consist of a hot plated breakfast with the event to be livestreamed via webinar. Aunty Bilawara Lee will welcome us to country and details of our speakers and panel members are indicated below. 

Event Details - Darwin 

Date Friday 17 February 2023
Time 7.15 to 9.45 am ACST  

Hilton Darwin - Signature Room


32 Mitchell Street, Darwin NT 0800

Dress Code 

Business Attire (no PPE)

Livestream Details 

Date Friday 17 February 2023
Time 7.50 to 9.30 am ACST  
Online A Zoom link will be distributed 24 hours prior to the event. Please ensure you diarise for now! 

Alice Springs Hub Details 

Date Friday 17 February 2023
Time 7.15 to 9.45 am ACST
Venue Ekistica Offices

90 Heath Road, Desert Knowledge Precinct, Alice Springs, NT 0870

Dress Code Smart casual / Clean PPE acceptable

Speakers and Panel Members


MC: Kruti Patel, NT Branch President
Senior Environmental Engineer, Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec
Kruti is a civil engineer with 15 years of experience working in the water industry. She has been involved in a wide range of water and wastewater planning and design projects in the Northern Territory and Western Australia and is passionate about the delivery of practical design solutions for both urban and remote areas.

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Ministerial Address: Hon Selena Uibo, NT Government 
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
Minister for Essential Services
Minister for Housing and Homelands
Minister for Renewables and Energy
Minister for Treaty and Local Decision Making

Having completed a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education at the University of Queensland, Minister Uibo was a teacher in the remote community of Numbulwar before entering politics. Minister Uibo was first appointed as a Minister in 2018. She loves the Territory and is proud to be able to work to improve the lives of all Territorians. 

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Panel Facilitator: Natalie Fries, Technical Director and Environment Market Leader, GHD
Natalie is a past NT Branch President of the Australian Water Association and has a background in water quality and management. Natalie has led infrastructure planning for Essential Services across the NT and is currently delivering the latest NT Infrastructure Audit. In addition to this Natalie provides environmental approvals services to government and private industry.

Screenshot 2023-01-12 144817Panel Member: Adam Lovell, Water Services Association of Australia
Adam is the Executive Director of WSAA, a position he commenced in 2011. Adam provides national leadership in policy positions for the Australian urban water sector on issues including industry reform, liveable cities, water quality, climate change, customer engagement and asset management. Adam also holds non-executive Board roles including the Global Water Research Coalition and the Water Environment and Research Foundation (USA).

steven porter_2Panel Member:  Steven Porter, Executive General Manager of Water Services, Power and Water Corporation
Steven has over 36 years’ experience in the water industry across public and private sectors in Victoria, Queensland and the Northern Territory. He is currently involved in the Darwin Region Water Supply Infrastructure Program. This program is inclusive of the Manton Dam Return to Service ($190M) and the Adelaide River Off-stream Water Storage (AROWS) scheme ($1.2B). Steven’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), a Masters in Organisation Dynamics, and he is an Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) graduate, currently serving on the Board of Carpentaria Disability Services. 

MicrosoftTeams-image-Jan-11-2023-05-29-36-4560-AMPanel Member:  Rowan Reilly, Director, Office of Water Security at Northern Territory Government 
Rowan has led the Office of Water Security for the past 18 months. He has led the development of the draft Territory Water Plan, the first whole-of-government strategy for water in the Northern Territory.
Rowan is a public policy specialist with 14 years’ experience in the Northern Territory Government, working in intergovernmental relations, strategic policy and program delivery in the Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet and across various portfolio areas including housing, local government, regional development and procurement. 

We have secured a discounted room rate at the Mitchell Street Hilton for a King guest room across the dates of 16 and 17 February for $232 per night, room only. If you wish to secure this accommodation offer please email DRWHD_RES@HILTON.COM, mention the rate and event name AWA NT Water Breakfast and the Reservations Team can assist with a booking.

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 at least 48 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.

Sponsorship Opportunities 
Are you looking for some branding opportunities to reach people working in water. We have opportunities available for this event as follows: 

Sponsorship Level  Price (exc GST) 
Gold  $5,000
Silver  $2,500

If you wish to find out more about AWA's membership benefits, contact

For more information on this event or discuss our sponsorship opportunities please contact:
Esther Micah | Event Manager | E: | Ph: 02 9467 8434  

Sponsorship & Membership:
Kyllie Whitehead | Member Engagement Manager | E: | Ph: 02 9467 8420

To purchase a "Corporate Table" with seating for eight (8) individual guests at the Darwin event, all tickets must be purchased as individual tickets - select the "or add multiple" option displayed under a ticket type, and purchase 8 x individual tickets. All Corporate Tables are subject to changes based on Government restrictions at the time of the event.

Note: Registration closes Tuesday 14 February 2023. 

Member Registration

Individual Member - Darwin - $75
Corporate Table Member (Darwin) - $600

Webinar - $20

Individual Member - Alice Springs - $20




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Non-member Registration

Non member Individual - Darwin $105
Non-member Corporate Table $840
Non member Webinar $40

Non-member Alice Springs $40


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Thank you to our Sponsors:

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