National Water Policy Summit – shaping a strategy for water to drive Australia’s prosperity


The Australian Water Association (AWA) is hosting the National Water Policy Summit, which will be focusing on setting the priorities to shape an “industry-led” water strategy to drive Australia’s future prosperity.

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The Summit will take place at the Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney on 14-15 October 2014 and will consider the following challenges and preferred solutions to:

  • Climate variability and how governments and industry need a new approach to planning;
  • Reforming how the water sector is regulated and structured;
  • Private sector participation in the management of our rural and urban water assets to expand our productive industries;
  • Adjusting community perceptions and values of water.

The Summit will include some of Australia’s most influential and engaging industry leaders from the water, resources and agribusiness sectors, including:

Keynote Speakers – Policy Summit Dinner, 14 October:

Ann Burns, Growth & Strategy Lead for Asia Pacific, Accenture

Karlene Maywald, Chair, National Water Commission

Dr Peter J. Boxall AO, Chairman, NSW Independent Price and Regulatory Tribunal

Speakers – Policy Summit, 15 October, 8:30am – 5:15pm:

Jonathan McKeown, CEO, AWA

Graham Dooley, President, AWA

Matthew Williams, Partner Risk Services, Deloitte

Ann Burns, Growth & Strategy Lead for Asia Pacific, Accenture

Anna Skarbeck, Executive Director, ClimateWorks Australia

Dr Martin van Bueren, Director, Synergies Economic Consulting

Nicholas Gruen, CEO, Lateral Economics

Tony Kelly, Previous Managing Director, Yarra Valley Water

Francois Gouws, Managing Director, Trility

Thibaut de Crisnay, Managing Director, Veolia Water Technologies Australia

Kim Morison, Managing Director, Blue Sky Water Partners, Blue Sky Alternative Investments Limited

Gerry Lawson AM, Chairman, SunRice

Mike Harold, Principal Advisor – Water Policy, Rio Tinto

Tim Nelson, Head of Economics, Policy and Sustainability – AGL Energy and Adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith University

Professor Quentin Grafton, Chairholder UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance, The John Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU