20 - 21 May 2021


Environment & Policy stream

Friday 21 May 2021

The Policy and Environment stream at Connect will focus on some of the key issues challenging our water sector right now. Commencing Friday (Day 2), we will open with an introduction and overview of the VicWater Policy Platform, and follow with a panel discussion on how to service our changing communities. We’ll hear from the Victorian Planning Authority, a metropolitan and a regional water corporation.

Following morning tea we’ll resume our program exploring cultural values in waterways with prominent indigenous leaders Reuben Berg and Rodney Carter providing their insights. We will then move on to examine financing catchment-based solutions, with policy reform specialist David Young.

After lunch our program will explore the role of developers in sustainable water management. We will conclude with what we’ve learnt about the Murray Darling Basin, and what the future holds. This is a great opportunity to hear from and connect with leading experts and academics in the water sector and to explore how to become involved in our policy and environment working groups.

Session 1-2 : An Introduction to the Policy Platform / Servicing Changing Communities

The session will begin with an introduction & overview of the new VicWater Policy Platform with Betsy Anderson and lead into 'servicing changing communities'.

Each of our panel will provide a brief presentation on our changing communities including the impacts of Covid sea and tree change families.

9.00am - 10.35am Friday 21 May

Session 3 : Cultural Values in Waterways

This session will explore cultural values in waterways with prominent indigenous leaders Reuben Berg and Rodney Carter providing their insights.

11.00am - 11.45am Friday 21 May

Session 4 : Financing Catchment Based Solutions

Brexit has created an opportunity to rethink the role of the UK water sector in delivering action on climate change and environmental improvement. As the industry moves into its first post-Brexit price review process, water companies are exploring different ways of financing their environmental programmes. David will highlight some areas of water company innovation including the emergence of market mechanisms, along with some of the policy and regulatory challenges.

11.45am - 12.30pm Friday 21 May

Session 5 : Role of Developers in Sustainable Water Management

In this session we will explore and be challenged about the role of development in sustainable water management. Leading development practitioners, Brendan Condon and Rory Costelloe will consider how much our communities rely on urban development to transition efficiently to integrated forms of water management.  In their presentations, they will identify the effective interaction points between water corporations and developers that will facilitate best practice in water management, and outline the future for water and its relationship to the urban fabric.

1.30pm - 2.15pm Friday 21 May

Session 6 : Murray Darling Basin - What have we Learnt?

Our panelists Professor Sarah Wheeler and Dr Sharon Davis will discuss what what we have learnt about the Basin, what has been achieved, and our priorities for the water industry to further its improvement.

2.15 - 3.00pm Friday 21 May

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