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Regional Water Champions Event

Icon of a calendar 26 Oct, 2023 | Small clock icon 5:30pm-7.30PM ADST

The Management of Water by and with First Nations People 

Join the NSW Regional Water Champions as we share the challenges and successes of how water is managed by, and with, First Nations people of Australia.  We celebrate an award-winning project for the Aboriginal community of Jubullum, presented by Tom Attwood.

Three representatives from the Dharriwaa Elders Group will discuss water challenges in the community of Walgett in New South Wales and Jimmy Cocking will be discussing the Central Australian consultation for the development of the Northern Territory Water Plan as well as some of the pathways forward in the recent 'Working Together for Better Water for the Bush' workshop. 

The event will be facilitated by Daniel Gray from Wiradjuri County. 

A discussion panel with our speakers will follow the presentations, offering attendees an opportunity to participate and discuss aspects of water management from their own perspective or to ask questions of the panel.

This hybrid event is offered online and in seven in-person Hubs across New South Wales and the Northern Territory.  Food and refreshments will be available to those attending the Hubs.

Guest Speakers 

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Tom Attwood
Senior Project Officer | NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Tom Attwood is a Senior Project Engineer at the NSW Department of Planning and Environment working on the Aboriginal Communities Water and Sewerage Program.  A Civil Engineer with 10 years’ experience in the water industry, Tom has worked in both the private and public sector, including at Power and Water in the NT, GHD, and DPE. Tom is committed to empowering and improving the lives of Aboriginal people, and has worked with Aboriginal Communities across NSW and the Northern Territory.

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The Dharriwaa Elders Group

Ricky Townsend, a Director of the Dharriwaa Elders Group from Walgett, NSW; Bow Simpson, an Amazing Race participant, and Alicia Dunning from the Yuwaya Ngarrali partnership will join Wendy Spencer, DEG's Project Manager, to discuss the importance of water and aspects of water management in their area. Alicia Dunning from the Yuwaya Ngarrali 'Food and Water for Life' Program, employed by both UNSW and The George Institute for Global Health will also speak as part of this segment. 



Jimmy Cocking, 

CEO, Desert Knowledge Australia

Jimmy Cocking is the CEO of Desert Knowledge Australia, a statutory corporation of the Northern Territory.

Jimmy has lived in Mparntwe-Alice Springs for 15 years. He has worked in the sustainability, conservation and community advocacy fields for more than 20 years and was an elected member of the Alice Springs Town Council from 2017-2022.  Jimmy worked as a consultant in 2021-22 on projects focused on water and climate adaptation prior to starting as CEO at DKA.

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Daniel Gray
Principal legal officer at NSW Dept. of Planning, Industry & Environment

The facilitator for the Regional Water Champions event is Daniel Gray, a proud Wiradjuri man with connections to Wellington by Wambool (the Lachlan River) and Peak Hill, by Bogan River.


Event Details
Date: Thursday 26 October 2023

5:30pm - 7.30pm AEDT NSW
4.00pm - 6.00pm ACST Northern Territory

Hub Locations:

Newcastle - Beca Hunter H2O – 19 Spit Island Close, Mayfield West NSW 
Taree - MidCoast Council –2 Biripi Way, Taree South, NSW 
Orange - Orange City Council Civic Centre, 135 Byng Street, Orange NSW 
Wyong - Nexus Smart Hub, Level 2, 3 Amy Close WYONG NSW 
Parramatta - DPE Office, 4 Parramatta Square, 12 Darcy Street, Parramatta NSW 
Darwin – WGA Office - Suite 7/9 Keith Lane, Fannie Bay NT 
Alice Springs – the Desert Knowledge Precinct: Corkwood Room, South, Stuart Hwy, Alice Springs NT.

*** Online option and Boardroom Pass bookings available



Registrations for this event have now closed but please contact Christine Roberts, Member Engagement Manager, with any queries - or phone 02 9467 8424.

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