The Commission has hosted and participated in a range of conferences and events in recent months:
National Workshop on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of Environmental Flows
On 10-11 December, around 120 managers and academics from all states and territories participated in a two-day workshop at ANU, which was sponsored by the Commission. Four key actions emerged: development of agreed principles around data storage and management, development of best practice guidelines for the design and implementation of environmental flow M&E, communication of MERI benefits via value propositions, and development of a community of practice.
Urban Water R&D Forum
On 26 September, the Commission together with its partners in the Australian Water Research and Development Coalition hosted a national forum to discuss urban water research priorities and potential mechanisms to achieve improved collaboration and return on investment. The forum agreed to the development of a working group to progress initiatives aimed at delivering improved research outcomes.
As a follow up, on 6 December, the Commission hosted the first meeting of the Urban Water Research and Development Partnership Working Group to progress actions agreed at the September Forum. Independently chaired by Ken Matthews, the group includes the CEOs of the Commission, WSAA, AWA, the Water Recycling Centre of Excellence, the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and Water Australia, along with representatives of SEWPAC, DIISTRE, CSIRO, the South Australian Government, universities, and the Queensland Water Directorate. A suite of six projects were agreed to, with outcomes to be presented for endorsement at another Forum in mid-2013. Discussions focused on links with the COAG water knowledge platform, opportunities to make use of general public sector research funds and identifying barriers to collaborative research activities.
CSIRO Vegetation and Water Availability Workshop
In late November, approximately 100 delegates from CSIRO, universities, industry bodies and government agencies attended this CSIRO/Commission sponsored workshop. The Commission presented on the National Water Initiative and interception management.
National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training Summer School
On 29 November, Karlene Maywald and James Cameron presented to the 100 plus students and researchers attending this summer school in Canberra. Their presentations were part of a panel session discussing the policy/science interface and future of NWI water reform.
National Water Industry Skills Forum
This forum bought together industry representatives in November to discuss current skills issues and emerging workforce needs, and identify priorities for the Water Industry Skills Taskforce. Interest was expressed in progression of the National Certification Framework for Operators within Drinking Water Treatment Systems.
Stormwater 2012 Conference
Commissioner Chris Davis delivered a keynote address on the role of stormwater in an evolving urban water sector.
51st Congress of the Australian Society for Limnology
The Commission hosted a special session to highlight to highlight the impact of the NWI and future policy and science challenges for aquatic ecosystems, including recent research and tools developed under the RNWS Program. Commissioner Stuart Bunn presented along with Ben Gawne and Darren Baldwin from the Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre.
15th International RiverSymposium
On behalf of the Commission, Professor Bunn chaired a well-attended session on monitoring and evaluation to support adaptive management. The program included presentations on ecosystem services, tools and techniques for managing water, water sensitive urban design, river ecology and collaboration.
AWA Operations Conference
CEO James Cameron spoke at AWA National Operations Conference in Darwin on 13 September about water and mining issues.