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QLD Regional Technical Event 2023

Icon of a calendar 16 Mar, 2023 | Small clock icon 7.00am-9.00am | Icon of a map pin Bundaberg and Online

The AWA Queensland Branch is pleased to host its next Technical Event in Bundaberg, to highlight the efforts of the Wide Bay Burnett Region in maximising its world-class natural assets and developing thriving communities.

We know that water is a foundation for regional liveability. Without the provision of clean and safe drinking water and effective wastewater and stormwater services to protect the environment, support agriculture and energy, our regional areas would not be the liveable, sustainable, resilient places we see today.

Thanks to our sponsor, Bundaberg Regional Council, this technical event will feature presentations from water leaders from within the Wide Bay Burnett Region to discuss these critical issues:
o    How can we value water in communities by prioritising a whole-of-water-cycle management approach and applying fit-for-purpose, fit-for-place and fit-for-people approaches?
o    How are regional Queensland communities developing and implementing strategies, infrastructure and systems to secure access to safe water, quality and safe sanitation services and environmentally sustainable water services? 

Those attending in person will have the opportunity to hear more from the presenters via a panel discussion after morning tea, and then visit the Belle Eden Waterway Naturalisation project, which has provided an effective habitat restoration of a drain to create an attractive naturalised creek. The waterway provides an effective stormwater drainage solution that is able to withstand high rainfall events and also doubles as a new area for families and residents to enjoy. 

A casual meet and greet will be arranged the night before the presentations on Wednesday 15 March at a local venue in Bundaberg. Please indicate when you register if you plan to join us for dinner and/or drinks. Bundaberg is just a short flight or drive from SEQ, we encourage those from outside of the region to join us to network and share learnings about our regional communities.

Event Details

Date Thursday 16 March, 2023

Bundaberg Multiplex Sport and Convention Centre
1 Civic Ave, Bundaberg West
Keynote Presentations available for livestream via Zoom (7.00am-9.00am)


6.45am - Registration
7.00am - Keynote Presentations - Bundaberg and Livestream
9.00am - Morning Tea hosted by Bundaberg Regional Council
9.30am - Presenter Panel Discussion - Bundaberg
10.30am - Site Tour of Belle Eden Waterway, Bundaberg
12.00pm - Close

Keynote Presentations - Bundaberg and Livestream

"Bundaberg Regional Council's Stormwater Strategy"
Dwayne Honor and Tim Fichera, Bundaberg Regional Council

Dwayne is the Branch Manager of Engineering Services with Bundaberg Regional Council representing the Asset Owner and Operator of Road, Drainage and Footpath infrastructure. Educated at Central Queensland University in Rockhampton he oversaw delivery of multiple flood studies and flood risk management studies in the Bundaberg Region including the Burnett and Kolan Rivers. Tim is Bundaberg Regional Council’s Senior Engineer Program Management (Stormwater Drainage) and has almost 20 years’ experience working in civil engineering planning and design in both private and public sectors.

  "Liveability through Water Quality Offsets"
Chris Manning, Urban Water Advisory

Chris is recognised as a leader in integrated urban water management practice and is currently working with Water Sensitive Cities Australia. He has a long history of championing improved water management to achieve enhanced amenity, liveability, economic development, sustainability and resilience outcomes. 


"Fraser Coast Regional Council's Recycled Water Strategy"
Ben McClatchie, Fraser Coast Regional Council
Ben McClatchie is a registered Environmental Engineer whose current Water Reuse Manager role has accountability for operational, capital, financial and team resources on the Fraser Coast. His recent work has included recycled water projects under the federal government’s emissions reduction scheme and the Queensland Cleaner Wastewater Initiative, oversight of recycled water pricing and tariff reviews and regional recycled water strategic planning.


"Regional Liveability"
Linda Roberts, Acting CEO, Queensland Water Directorate
Linda Roberts is the Director Innovation Partnerships with the Queensland Water Directorate (qldwater) where she manages the Queensland Water Regional Alliances Program (QWRAP), a partnership between qldwater, DRDMW and LGAQ to investigate regional collaboration on water and sewerage services in regional Queensland. Linda has also taken on the interim CEO role for qldwater until a new CEO is appointed. Linda’s career has included extensive experience managing planning and sustainability for water services at Mackay and Isaac Regional Councils.

  Sally Boer, E2 Design Lab
"Alternative Water Sources for Liveability and Resilience”

Sally Boer is a Director of E2Designlab and an aquatic ecologist with 20 years' experience in urban water management, aquatic ecosystem remediation, water sensitive urban design and green infrastructure asset management.  Her passion is in sharing knowledge and achieving multiple outcomes that enhance urban ecology and liveability through collaborative and integrated planning and design processes

Panel Discussion - Bundaberg Discussion facilitated by Janice Wilson, Director, Double Black Diamond Solutions 

Site Tour - Bundaberg Belle Eden Waterway Naturalisation Project, Bundaberg


Registration for the technical event has closed. Please send queries to Carlie Sargent

Bundaberg Event Registration

Member $45

Non-Member $65

Concession Member $25


Registration Closed
Live Stream Registration

Member $45

Non-Member $65

Organisation Boardroom Pass $200


Registration Closed
Thanks to the Queensland Regional Technical Event Sponsor
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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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