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Queensland Industry Breakfast 2024

Icon of a calendar 21 Feb, 2024 | Small clock icon 6:30am-9:00am AEST | Icon of a map pin Victoria Park, Brisbane

Join us for the 2024 Queensland Industry Breakfast to explore The Future of the Water Industry: Water Needs, People and Resilience

The annual Industry Breakfast is a popular feature on the Queensland Branch Calendar, designed as a networking and learning opportunity for professionals and executives from government, water utilities and the private sector, all united by water. 

The 2024 breakfast will feature a panel of senior leaders exploring how the water industry should prepare itself for the ever-increasing and competing water needs.
Uncertain water availability, climate change, ongoing supply issues and emerging external opportunities will be examined and challenged, with an opportunity for questions and discussion. 

Registrations are available for the Brisbane event along with Regional Hub events in Cairns and Mackay and Virtual registration to view the livestream of the panel discussion. 


Introducing our dynamic panel of speakers, joining us to share their expertise and insights into the Future of Water Needs, People and Resilience.

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Neil Brennan 

Dr. Lisa Caffery
Board Chair

Linda Dobe
Acting Director General

Neil joined Seqwater as Chief Executive Officer in August 2018 and has a 40+ year history in the Australian Water Industry, 30 continuous years as a CEO/Managing Director.

Neil’s previous roles include Managing Director of Western Region Water Authority, Managing Director (Interim) of Goulburn Murray Region Water Authority, Managing Director at Central Highlands Region Water Authority, and Neil is currently a Director of the Water Services Association Australia(WSAA) and has held various Ministerial appointments to industry Boards and committees including Director of the Board of the Northern Victorian Irrigation Renewal Project (NVIRP), Director of the Board of the Energy and Water Ombudsman Scheme Victoria (EWOV), Executive Council Member, and past President of the Institute of Water Administration (IWA), and Chair of the Victorian Water Industry's Intelligent Water Networks Steering Group (IWN). 

Dr. Lisa Caffery is a strategic engagement specialist and social researcher with more than 25 years’ professional experience in regional Queensland.


Lisa is a self-employed consultant with leadership and governance experience across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. In 2009, she founded a small Environment Social Governance (ESG) advisory firm Caffery Group to assist rural and regional clients measure, report and improve their sustainability and ESG outcomes.


Lisa is currently board chair of Sunwater Ltd and has held non-executive director, advisory board and committee roles at Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service, Central Highlands Community Services Ltd, Outback Exploratorium, and CQShines Hospital Foundation. She is an experienced board and committee chair and brings specialised expertise in board oversight of culture and navigating complex organisational landscapes.

Linda took up the role of Acting Director-General of DRDMW in March 2023. Prior to that, she was the department’s Deputy Director-General, Water Resource Management, and has been the Queensland Government’s most senior water executive for more than 5 years.

Linda has broad government and private-sector experience in senior roles across the water, lands, mining, finance and education portfolios. She has held lead roles in government water functions in key areas such as strategic water policy and reform, regulation of water entitlements, drinking water and dam safety, water planning and science, water security planning, and progression of bulk water infrastructure projects.

Linda is Queensland’s representative on the Murray–Darling Basin Officials Committee and also on the committee that is revamping Australia’s National Water Initiative.




Event Details


Wednesday 21 February, 2024


6:30am Arrival & Coffee Cart
7:15am Welcome to Country
7:30am Breakfast Served
8:00am Panel Discussion
9:00am Event Concludes

Brisbane Venue

The Marquee, Victoria Park
309 Herston Road, Herston

Cairns Regional Hub

Arup Cairns Office
Level 12/15 Lake St, Cairns City

Mackay Regional Hub

Reception Room, Mackay Regional Council Administration Building
Gordon St, Mackay 


Please select your registration from the options below for Brisbane, Cairns, Mackay or online attendance.

Corporate tables of 10 are available for the Brisbane event, please purchase ten individual tickets by selecting the "or add multiple" option displayed under a ticket type during the registration process, and type "10" in the quantity required. 

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Member $40

Non-Member $60

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Virtual Registration

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Non-Member - $60

Boardroom Pass - $200

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