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Water security hangs in the balance

Jun 27, 2017
Author: Goyder Institute


Australia’s future water security is hanging in the balance, a Water Forum in Adelaide will be told.

Water policy reform has stopped in Australia and Governments appear to be asleep at the wheel at a time when they should be preparing for the next drought and building Australia’s resilience against climate change and the shocks of droughts and floods.

Growing calls for Federal and State Governments to put water reform back on the agenda are being largely ignored.

Dr John Williams, one of Australia’s most respected and trusted scientists, will present on this at a dinner to be held as part of the Goyder Institute for Water Research 2017 Water Forum on July 4 and 5.

Around 200 delegates across industry, government and academia are expected to attend the event, which will showcase South Australia’s world-leading research and expertise.

John has extensive experience in natural resource management, particularly in agricultural production and its environmental impact, and his credentials include:

  • Founding member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists
  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
  • Former Commissioner, NSW Natural Resources Commission
  • Former Chief Scientist, NSW Department of Natural Resources
  • Former Chief of Land and Water, CSIRO
  • Adjunct Professor in Public Policy and Environmental Management, Crawford School of the Australian National University
  • Adjunct Professor, Agriculture and Natural Resource Management, Institute Water, Land and Society, Charles Sturt University
  • Holds the prestigious Farrer Memorial Medal for achievement and excellence in agricultural science.

The Goyder Institute for Water Research is an independent expert science advisor providing quality, evidence based knowledge on water management issues important for South Australia.

The Institute is a partnership between the South Australian Government through the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR), CSIRO, Flinders University, the University of Adelaide, the University of South Australia and ICE WaRM (The International Centre of Excellence in Water Resources Management).