Sharing Australian water expertise down under

Sharing Australian water expertise down under

The International WaterCentre (IWC) welcomed 23 delegates for the Australian Water Partnership sponsored Asia-Australia Water Learning Week in Brisbane this month to share Australian water management expertise and best-practice.

Twenty-three water professionals from seven Asian Development Bank (ADB) developing members countries and a number of ADB officers visited sites around South East Queensland from 3 – 8 December 2017 as part of the Asia-Australia Water Learning Week.

The week-long program included a series of field trips, workshops and training focused on building capacity for development through managing water quality.

Program highlights

On day one the delegates visited the award-winning nutrient offset site with Healthy Land and Water experts Paul MacDonald and Dr Emily Saeck.

Day two delegates visited Nambour with Stuart Irvine-Brown, a Development horticulturist from the Queensland Government  Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to look at bioreactors at a pineapple farm, and learnt about reducing nitrate runoff in big rain events. In the afternoon they toured Queensland Urban Utilities’ Innovation Centre which provides a timeline on the development of improved service delivery.   

Delegates spent the third day of the Learning Week in Brisbane city with morning presentations on managing wastewater releases in Queensland and learning about the Queensland Flood Community of Practice, before an afternoon tour of the Oxley Creek Catchment and Southbank Rain Bank facilities with Chris Tanner from the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities.

It was then off to North Stradbroke Island on day four where delegates enjoyed some koala spotting at Moreton Bay Research Station, a welcome to country and cultural talk on Indigenous perspectives on caring for country, land and sea with the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation. The delegates learnt more about the human impacts on Stradbroke Island and heard from Dr Eva Abal (IWC/Healthy Land and Water) on a case study of the Great Barrier Reef and learnt how ecosystem services can be estimated and used to enhance decision making with Jim Binney (Natural Capital Economics)

The final day was spent consolidating the week’s learnings with a facilitated game on report carding – an interactive role-playing game designed to give participants a better understanding of how stakeholder-based report cards can be used to enhance river basin management.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who hosted, presented and joined us to deliver the Asia-Australia Water Learning Week.

More information

For more information on the Asia-Australia Water Learning Week please contact:

Kylie Milligan

Senior Project Officer

T +61 7 3027 7600

The Asia-Australia Water Learning Week was delivered by the International WaterCentre with support from the Australian Water Partnership.

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