8 - 9 June 2022


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Dr Erin O'Donnell will be a panelist on our session on Managing Country 

Dr Erin O'Donnell

Dr Erin O’Donnell is a water law and policy expert, focusing on water markets, environmental flows, and water governance. She has worked in water management since 2002 in both the private and public sectors. Having authored several academic articles around water rights for Indigenous people, Erin is well placed to  speak on the panel of the Managing Country session.

Erin is recognized internationally for her research into the groundbreaking new field of legal rights for rivers. Her work focuses on the challenges and opportunities these new rights create for protecting the multiple social, cultural and natural values of rivers.

In 2018, Erin was appointed to the inaugural Birrarung Council, the voice of the Yarra River. For the last three years, Erin has been working in partnership with Traditional Owners across Victoria to identify law and policy pathways to increase Aboriginal ownership and management of water.


Our program theme for 2022 is 'Resilience and Readiness'

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