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River reflections 2021 conference program

River reflections conference. Connecting Basin communities, industries and ideas

Wednesday 9 June 2021

8:00 am

Registrations open (coffee and tea)

9:00 am

Welcome and housekeeping

9:10 am

Welcome to Country

9:20 am

Welcome to the Griffith region

John Dal Broi, Emeritus Mayor, Griffith City Council

9:25 am

Reflections from local Minister

The Hon Sussan Ley MP, Minister for the Environment and Member for Farrer

9:40 am

Keynote Address
The Hon Keith Pitt MP, Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia

9:55 am

In the Hot Seat: MDBA update

Phillip Glyde, Chief Executive, MDBA

10:00 am

Seasonal outlook

Andrew Reynolds, Executive Director, River Management, MDBA

10:20 am

Q&A with the MDBA

Facilitated by Megan Winter, General Manager, Communication, engagement and strategic policy, MDBA

10:30 am

Morning tea

11:00 am

Why hydrology matters

Dr Matt Coleman, Senior Director, Basin Strategy and Knowledge, MDBA

11:20 am

 

Crunching the numbers: the future of industry

David Galeano, Assistant Secretary, ABARES (Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences)

11:45 am

 

Thriving or surviving? The environment

Hilton Taylor, Acting Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

12:10 pm

Q&A session

Facilitated by Vicki Woodburn, Executive Director, Basin Strategy and Knowledge, MDBA

  • Dr Matt Coleman, Senior Director, Basin Strategy and Knowledge, MDBA
  • David Galeano, Assistant Secretary, ABARES (Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences)
  • Professor Nick Bond, Director, Centre for Freshwater Ecosystems, La Trobe University

12:30 pm

Lunch

1.30 pm

Afternoon feature: Are we ready? Our changing climate

Professor Mark Howden, Director, Institute for Climate, Energy and Disaster Solutions at Australian National University

2.15 pm

In safe hands: innovation in agriculture

Panel discussion facilitated by Richard Malone

2:55 pm

 

Caring for culture and Country

Rene Woods, Authority Board Member, MDBA

3:15 pm

Afternoon tea

3:45 pm

 

What’s on the horizon: a panel of perspectives

Facilitated by Vicki Woodburn, Executive Director, Basin Strategy and Knowledge, MDBA

  • Industry and irrigation – Jeremy Morton, Chairman, National Irrigators Council
  • Recreational fishing – Braeden Lampard, Murray–Darling Basin, OzFish Unlimited 
  • Research – Iva Quarisa, CEO, Irrigation Research and Extension Committee 
  • Local government – Brett Stonestreet, General Manager, Griffith City Council 
  • First Nations – Brendan Kennedy, Deputy Chair, Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations

4:45 pm

Close

TBA

Travel to Whitton Malt House by bus

7:00 pm

 

Dinner – Whitton Malt House

Listening, leadership, trust and the future of the Basin by Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret'd), Chair of the Murray–Darling Basin Authority

The story of Whitton Malt House by Roger Commins

Thursday 10 June 2021

8:45 am

Tea and coffee

9:00 am

Welcome 

9:15 am         Stories of the Basin (choice of session – 3 sessions run concurrently)

Session 1:

Regional success stories: economic diversity matters

Chaired by Joanna Hewitt AO, MDBA

Session 2:

Fish, feathers and flows: environmental outcomes

  • Water for the environment – Erin Lenon, Local Engagement Officer, Commonwealth Environmental Water Office (CEWO)
  • Local land services local project – Anna Wilson, Senior Land Services Officer, Riverina Local Land Services   
  • Gayini Nimmie-Caira (cultural and environmental project)Jamie Woods, Chair, Nari Nari Tribal Council 

Chaired by Susan Madden, MDBA

Session 3:

Sustainability for success: adapting to change

  • Murrumbidgee irrigationKaren Hutchinson, General Manager, People and Policy, Murrumbidgee Irrigation
  • Resilience and adaptationAdrian Weston, Deputy Chair, Goulburn–Broken CMA and producer
  • Adaptation in farming systemsGeoff McLeod, Chair, Southern Growers

Chaired by Professor Stuart Bunn, MDBA

10:30 am

Summary of Stories from the Basin 

MDBA Authority Board Members, Joanna Hewitt AO, Susan Madden and Professor Stuart Bunn

10:45 am

Morning wrap-up

Phillip Glyde, Chief Executive, MDBA

11:00 am

Morning tea

11:30 am

Field trip to showcase the region: with commentary by Murrumbidgee Irrigation (lunch included)

2:30 pm

Close

Updated: 11 Jun 2021