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QLD Technical Event: The Untold Stories of Water Sector Resilience

Icon of a calendar 31 Aug, 2022 | Small clock icon 5.30PM AEST | Icon of a map pin Fortitude Valley

Please note the new date of 31 August for this event, with the memorial for AWA Life Member and Past President, Mark Pascoe now being held on Wednesday 24 August 2022.

Connect with other water professionals at the next Queensland Branch Technical Event to hear a panel of experts share their untold stories of resilience in the water sector. From floods, cyclones, bushfires and ‘rain bombs’, weather events and natural disasters are dynamic in nature, and unique in the impacts they have on our communities, our water ways and our water infrastructure.

The water industry, as it is known for, works incredibly hard to keep its critical services running, to get them back in action as soon as possible, and to improve their resilience for the future. This session will share the stories and hard-learned lessons by those who have worked tirelessly to improve the resilience of our communities in the water sector.

Kindly hosted by AECOM, the panel discussion will be followed by networking with drinks and canapés provided. The session will be livestreamed to a number of Regional Hub locations, at the AECOM offices in Townsville and Mackay.


Resilience in Action: How the Post-2011 Flood Resilient Projects Worked This Time Around
Vanessa Thompson, Urban Utilities
Vanessa is the Head of Asset Knowledge and Performance at Urban Utilities and also an Incident Manager in Urban Utilities Emergency Management Response. Vanessa is the Program Manager for the 2022 Flood Recovery team – bringing together customer, community and stakeholder communications with the response and recovery teams, to deliver co-ordinated restoration activities aimed at minimising the impact on our customers and communities.

The February 2022 Flood for the Gympie Region - The Second Highest Flood on Record
Peter Manning, Gympie Regional Council
Peter is a civil engineer with 32 years experience in the water industry in local government and consulting. Peter has been working in regional Queensland for the last seven years, most recently at Gympie Regional Council.

Operational Resilience – Backing Yourself When Sewage Hits the Fan
Cody Bemis, Unitywater
Cody has been working in the water industry for 14 years, including 5 years in operations. He currently leads the Network Engineering section, who’s teams are responsible for optimising performance of, and investigating and preventing faults within Unitywater’s water and sewer networks.

Laura Fluck, AECOM
Laura is the Regional Business Line Director, Water + Program Management with over 18 years' experience in leadership roles within the water and infrastructure sector. Laura has worked across various projects and programs in diverse delivery models inclusive of integrated owners teams and capital delivery programs for key water authorities.

Event Details

Date Wednesday 31 August 2022 (please note the new date)!
Time Registration from 5.15pm for 5.30pm
Venues AECOM Office, 8/540 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley
AECOM Regional Offices in Townsville and Mackay
Inclusions Panel Discussion, Networking, Canapés and Drinks


Brisbane Registration

Concession Member $25

Member $45

Non-Member $65

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Regional Hub Events


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Live Stream Registration

Concession Member $25

Member $45

Non-Member $65

Organisation Boardroom Pass $200

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This Queensland Branch Technical Event and all Regional Hubs are proudly sponsored by AECOM


Please contact Carlie Sargent, Member Engagement Manager - Queensland, with any queries in relation to this event on or phone 02 9467 8451.

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