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WA Great Southern Regional Tour 2023

Icon of a calendar 22 Mar, 2023 - 23 Mar, 2023 | Small clock icon 8.30am – 6.00pm WST | Icon of a map pin Albany, Western Australia

Would you like to come with us as we explore the ocean of opportunities in WA's Great Southern? On this two (2) day tour we will be visiting sites across the Albany and Denmark region covering water source planning, estuarine catchment management, water sensitive urban design and water resource recovery. For something a little different, we have also decided to provide an introduction to the blue economy, highlighting some of the marine water and terrestrial water connections and introducing other industry opportunities like ocean energy.  The tour will include a networking dinner on the first day and sundowner to finish off the tour on the second day.

Specific topics and/or sites to be covered on the tour include:

  • Water resource recovery – Albany WRRF and Tree Planation
  • UWA's Marine Energy Research Australia – Albany
  • Blue Economy and Great Southern development opportunities 
  • Water source planning and the new Albany-Denmark Pipeline
  • Water treatment – Denmark WTP
  • Estuarine and catchment water quality management – Wilson Inlet, Denmark
  • Urban water management initiatives – Albany
  • Distillery tour and Sundowner at Great Southern Distilling Co – Albany

See here for the full program (all sites may be subject to Covid restrictions at the time of the tour and sites may change without notice).Download Program

Event Details

Tour Day One

Date Wednesday 22 March 2023
Time 8:30am for 8.45am departure. Coach returns at 4:15pm 
Pickup Tourist Information Centre 

221 York Street, Albany WA 6330

PPE Required

Long pants, long sleeved shirt, wide brimmed hat, safety glasses, high vis vest, safety gloves and steel capped boots. A lightweight rain coat and sunscreen is recommended. 

Networking Dinner Day One

Date Wednesday 22 March 2023
Time 6:00 - 9:00pm 
Pickup Hilton Garden Inn, Functions Rooms A & B

3 Toll Place, Albany WA 6330

Dress Code 

Smart Casual 

Tour Day Two

Date Thursday 23 March 2023

8:30am for 8.45am departure.
Coach available for airport dropoff at 4.15pm or TIC or Tour and Tasting & Sundowner 

Pickup Tourist Information Centre 

221 York Street, Albany WA 6330

Distillery Tour

Sundowner/Dinner (optional)

4.30 - 5.00 Tour & Tasting at Limeburners, Great Southern Distillery Company 

5.00pm Sundowner Drinks** at Limeburners 
6.00pm Informal Dinner** at Limeburners   

PPE Required

Long pants, long sleeved shirt, wide brimmed hat, high vis vest, safety glasses, safety gloves and steel capped boots. A lightweight rain coat and sunscreen is recommended. 


Networking Dinner Speakers

Palenque Blair 1517490554178Master of Ceremonies - Palenque Blair, Aqueous Consulting
An environmental engineer and Principal Consultant Water, Palenque has been working in the Great Southern for several years with Aqueous Consulting. Palenque has a focus on water source planning, water quality, risk assessment, water and wastewater treatment, strategic planning & research and has played a key role in development of Groundwater Replenishment for potable water supply for Perth.

Fabiana home page 1Program Partner Address - Dr Fabiana Tessele, Tessele Consultants 
Fabiana is a highly experienced chemical/process engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the water, wastewater and renewable energies industries. Her portfolio of projects has included project management, process design & design management, construction support, commissioning, and operators training and handover including process, civil, mechanical, electrical components. Fabiana is an active senior leader, resilient and energetic, combining an inspiring leadership style with robust project management skills. Fabiana is recognised as being able to bring together various stakeholders, while firmly committed to delivery of all project goals and milestones.

20221006-Bruce-ManningWelcome Address - Bruce Manning, Chair, Great Southern Development Commission Bruce has been involved with the Great Southern Development Commission for over two decades in the role of CEO from 2000 to 2021 before his appointment as Chair in 2021. He also is the current Chair of the Marine Energy Research Australia (MERA) Advisory Board. Bruce holds an MBA from UWA and is an Executive Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government.

Bruce worked in both the South West and Mid West before first coming to the Great Southern in 1988 as Regional Manager for the TAFE system. A vocational interest in natural resource management (NRM) has included managing the development of the first national landcare curricula for the TAFE system, 10 years as Board Chair of the UWA Centre for Excellence in NRM (CENRM) and consultancy work in both Malaysia and Indonesia on behalf of the WA Government.

Andrew-Outhwaite-For-Blue-bwKeynote Speaker - Andrew Outhwaite, Founder and Director, forblue
Andrew is trusted as a leader, innovator and community-builder addressing systemic challenges and realising bold visions through creating scalable social ventures. Oceans-related innovations are his focus and he recently founded “For Blue” which is focused on Western Australia’s leading role in the long-term health of the Indian Ocean. Andrew has spent the last fifteen years growing ventures delivering social outcomes such as: reducing homelessness, promoting science and sustainability, growing healthy regional communities, leading cultural transformation, and facilitating the growth of innovation ecosystems.


Note: Registrations closing Wednesday 15 March 2023. 

Registration Type Member Rate Concession* Member Non-Member Rate
Full Tour (includes both days of the tour and the Networking Dinner on 22 March) $350 $280 $490
Networking Dinner Only (22 March) $110 $90 $150

* Delegates must be an AWA concession member (student, retired) to receive concession member rates.
** Optional Sundowner and Informal Dinner costs are NOT included in tour registration. 

The full 2-day tour includes coach transport across the two days. Morning tea, lunch, afternoon snack and networking dinner on day one plus morning tea, lunch and afternoon snack on day two and a Tour and Tasting# at Limeburners, Great Southern Distillery Co. All coach pick and return locations will Albany WA.

An optional sundowner and informal dinner will be held at the conclusion of day two at Limeburners, Great Southern Distilling Co in Albany. The cost of food and drinks is NOT included in the registration cost for the sundowner or informal dinner. Delegates make their own way back to their accommodation. 

Travel to Albany and accommodation, where required, will be at the cost of the attendee and is not covered in the registration cost. We have negotiated discounted accommodation in the area at the venues indicated below. It is recommended delegates arrive into Albany on Tuesday 21 February 2023. If arriving Wednesday 22nd the coach will pass the Albany Airport for an 11am pickup for late arrivals (please ensure you let the Events Coordinator know of your arrival details).
Places are limited so don't hesitate and register today! 

Member Registration Concession Member Registration

Non Member Registration


The following hotels are offering discounted rates for your stay:
Hilton Garden Inn, 3 Toll Place, Albany. Visit the booking page here for King or Twin Guest Room- $ 210/room/night or King or Twin Ocean View Room $ 235/room/night (room only).

Ace Accommodation Albany - Click here to make reservations using PROMO CODE: Bookdirect2 or call directly.

Motel Le Grande - Click here to receive $145/night discounted rate.
Program Partnership Opportunities

Program partnership opportunities are available for this event. See the benefits flyer here

Partnership Level  Investment (exc GST)
Gold  $3,000
Silver $1,500
Bronze $500
COVIDSafe Event Guidelines
The Australian Water Association has closely followed Government recommendations to develop COVIDSafe Guidelines for AWA events going forward. These guidelines will be in place at this event and have been developed to ensure attendee health and safety. Your support is also essential to keep this event COVIDSafe. We ask that delegates observe good hygiene and physical distancing at the event, where possible. If you are feeling unwell, please do not attend the event. Please email at least 24 hours prior to the event if you are unable to attend due to illness. Under these circumstances a transfer of your registration to a colleague will be accepted at no cost. If Government restrictions impact your ability to attend, or AWA's ability to hold the event, an AWA team member will be in touch to discuss your registration.

For more information please contact:

Esther Micah, Events Coordinator | P: (02) 9467 8434 | E:

Program Partnership Opportunities and Membership:
Kyllie Whitehead, Member Engagement Manager WA & NT | Ph: 02 9467 8420 | E:


Thank you to our program partners

Gold Partner
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Bronze Partners
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