Stakeholder and community water forums a success

Barwon Water held two community and stakeholder events at Balmoral Receptions in Geelong on Wednesday, 6 April 2011 to discuss our 2013-2018 Water Plan and alternative water supply options for our liveable region.

The day began with a Stakeholder Breakfast for local government and business representatives, attended by about 70 people. Managing Director, Michael Malouf gave a presentation on our road map for the future. Members of our independent Expert Advisory Panel then gave some insight into the latest research surrounding alternative water supply options such as recycled water, stormwater and groundwater, followed by a Q&A session.

Barwon Water Managing Director Michael Malouf addresses the audience at the Stakeholder Breakfast.

Our invited Expert Advisory Panel members were:

  • Campbell Fitzpatrick, Executive Director Water Entitlements and Strategies, Department of Sustainability and Environment
  • Daryl Stevens, Managing Director Atura Pty Ltd
  • Peter Dillon, Australian Water Conservation and Reuse Coordinator

In the evening, about 30 people participated in our Water Forum for community members.  General Manager Strategy & Technology, Joe Adamski gave a presentation on Barwon Water's road map for the future, followed by a few words from the three Expert Advisory Panel members on alternative water supply options.

The audience then broke into smaller groups to discuss which identified supply options they recommended Barwon Water pursue in order to secure the region's water supply for our next generation. Each table then presented back its findings and there was a positive, interactive discussion between audience members, the panel and Barwon Water representatives.

There was strong support for recycled water and stormwater solutions, with an emphasis on solutions that were environmentally responsible and cost-effective.

Michael Malouf said the Water Forum had provided important feedback for future water planning.

A group from Barwon Water also visited Colac recently, firstly to discuss the 2013-2018 Water Plan with the Colac Otway Council and then to meet with members of the Colac community. Different water supply options to service population growth in the Colac area were discussed. Valuable feedback was received during these meetings, which will be incorporated into future planning.


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