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Voices from the Bush Conference 2024

Icon of a calendar 10 Sep, 2024 - 11 Sep, 2024 | Small clock icon 8:30am - 5:00pm ACST | Icon of a map pin Alice Springs

Nestled in the heart of Australia, Alice Springs is in the prime position to host our second Voices from the Bush Conference. The event will explore the challenges impacting remote and regional communities across the nation and provide a platform for diverse voices to come together; collaborating and contributing towards the creation of lasting change.

This conference has been created as a dedicated space for open dialogue on the pressing matters affecting regional and remote Australian communities. Our focus is on sharing, connecting, and promoting thought leadership, acknowledging the particular significance and challenges relating to water in the lives and livelihoods of our rural and remote communities.

With deliberate and significant representation from the Indigenous community, the conference is set to unite those working on the frontline with decision makers from across the sector; from water utilities, service providers and government agencies to consultants, construction agencies and researchers. Voices from the Bush will bring together the sector to drive change and direct the conversation in shaping a sustainable water future across our nation’s rural and remote regions.

Proudly hosted by The Australian Water Association (AWA) and Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA).


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Keynotes, workshops and program highlights to be announced soon!

Event Details


Date Tuesday, 10 September - Wednesday, 11 September 2024
Time 8:00am-5:00pm ACST
Venue Alice Springs Convention Centre 
Address 93 Barrett Dr, Alice Springs, NT 0870 (map)

Welcome Reception

Date Monday, 9 September 2024 
Time 5:30pm-7:30pm ACST
Venue Madigan's Function Centre, Alice Springs Desert Park 
Address Larapinta Dr, Alice Springs, NT 0870 (map)
Cost  Included in conference registration 

Conference Dinner 

Date Tuesday, 10 September 2024
Time 6:00pm-10:00pm ACST
Venue The Old Quarry 
Address Lot 8082, Stegar Rd, Alice Springs, NT 0870 (map)
Cost  Included in conference registration 

Please note that the start and end times of the social functions are subject to change.  



Early Bird Registration
Available until 26 July

Standard Registration
From 26 July

Registration Type Member Non-Member Member Non-Member

Full Registration

$909.00 $1,278.00 $1,010.00 $1,420.00

Concession Registration 
Open to students, retirees and YWPs under the age of 25

$681.75 $1,278.00 $757.50 $1,420.00

Full Registration plus 1 Year AWA Professional Membership

N/A $1,134.00 N/A $1,260.00

All registration types include:
- All day catering on Tuesday 10 September and Wednesday 11 September.
- Welcome Reception on Monday 9 September.
- Conference dinner on Tuesday 10 September.
Note: There is no day-only registration type

Register Here    Concession Registration


To find out about sponsorship opportunities, contact Troy:

Sponsorship Prospectus    Sponsorship Enquiry

Travel & Accommodation
When should you arrive in Alice Springs? To benefit the complete program of events for Voices for the Bush, we recommend that you arrive in Alice Springs by midday on Monday, 9 September.

Thanks to Accommodation Link, discounted accommodation rates have been secured for Voices for the Bush attendees at a range of hotels in Alice Springs. The rates and accommodation in Alice Springs are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage you to book now to ensure you have secured accommodation to attend the conference – the rooms will go quick and Alice Springs will book out!

For any queries regarding accommodation, contact Accommodation Link:
PH: 1300 79 20 30 (Mon-Fri 9:00am to 5:30pm AEST) E:

Book accommodation

Note: You will be directed to the official third-party website.

Not a member?
Join a community of almost 5,000 individual and 500 corporate members driving a sustainable water future through education, engagement, and connection. f you wish to learn more about AWA's membership benefits or join online, visit our website or contact

For more information about Voices from the Bush contact:
Laura Gottsfritz, Events Manager | Ph: 02 9467 8427 | E:
Mark Jones, Member Engagement Manager | P: 02 9467 8408 | E:

Troy Waite, Partnerships and Sponsorships Manager | P: 02 9467 8413  | E: 

 Thank you to our Sponsors:


Principal Partner


Welcome Networking Partner


Conference Stream Partner
Thermo FisherScientific



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