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New IWC Master's cohort commence with a look at water management on North Stradbroke Island

The International WaterCentre’s newest cohort of Master’s students began their MIWM experience with a first-hand look at the water management challenges facing North Stradbroke Island last month, 25 - 27 February.
New IWC Master's cohort commence with a look at water management on North Stradbroke Island

Participants learning about water management on North Stradbroke Island

The field trip to the popular island, 30km southeast of Brisbane, marked the beginning of the IWC’s Master of Integrated Water Management program (MIWM) for 2017. 27 new full-time and 22 part-time students from all over the world, joined the IWC’s team of lecturers and staff to explore the island and learn from guest presenters and community stakeholders on the island’s water challenges.

The IWC Senior Lecturer and Education Director Dr Brian McIntosh said the students learnt about the relationships between the community, ecology, economy and water on the island and were introduced to the concepts, ambitions and practices of integrated water management and of working in complex real world situations.

"This field trip is always a wonderful way for students to get to know one another and to immerse themselves in the complexities of integrated water management in a beautiful setting with a wealth of learning opportunities," Dr Brian McIntosh said.

Guest presenters included representatives from the Quandamooka-Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC), Stradbroke Island Water Action Group, Pandanus Solutions Pty Ltd, the University of Queensland and the Queensland government. Each representative gave their views on current environmental management practices and discussed the future of the island.

Following the three day field trip, students attended introductory lectures and workshops at The University of Queensland.

You can view photos from the field trip here. [link to IWC FB photo Album]

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For more information about IWC’s Master of Integrated Water Management, contact: or +61 7 3014 0200 or download the brochure (PDF)


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