The Murray-Darling Basin is Australia's largest and most complex river system facing many challenges, including climate change, population growth, and water scarcity.

In this free, online discussion, the panel will explore how we can work together to innovate water management in the Basin to ensure that it remains sustainable, productive, and resilient. It will also be a chance to share your own ideas and perspectives and learn about the latest thinking on water management innovation in the Murray-Darling Basin.

A range of innovative ideas will be discussed, including:
• How to enhance river operations.
• Develop alternate water sources and supplies.
• Enhance environmental water management with complementary works.

The role of collaboration and research in supporting the successful application of these ideas will be explored, and the importance of diverse voices and interests, including First Nations, in presenting and evaluating alternatives.

Join us for this important discussion about the future of water management in the Basin!

Panel Members

Michael Stewardson

One Basin CRC | University of Melbourne

Professor Mike Stewardson is the CEO for the One Basin CRC. He has had a 30-year career in water resources research and research translation. He has led many interdisciplinary research projects in riv... Read more

Raelene Ward

One Basin CRC | SQNNSW Innovation Hub

Dr Raelene is a proud Aboriginal Kunja woman a traditional owner of Cunnamulla and surrounding areas on her late Grandfathers side Albert McKellar and her late Grandmother Hazel McKellar a Kooma elder... Read more

Karen Hutchinson

One Basin CRC | Murrumbidgee Irrigation

Karen is the Irrigated Agriculture Industry Convenor of One Basin CRC and is part of the senior management team at Murrumbidgee Irrigation Limited, one of the largest private irrigation companies in N... Read more

Seth Westra

One Basin CRC | University of Adelaide

Seth is Professor of Hydrology and Climate Risk at the University of Adelaide and Research Director of the One Basin Cooperative Research Centre. He has more than 20 years’ experience across both th... Read more

Geoff Cockfield

One Basin CRC | University of Southern Queensland

Professor Cockfield is the Capability & Commercialisation Program Lead at One Basin CRC, Executive Director, the Institute for Resilient Regions and Director of, the Centre for Sustainable Agricul... Read more

One Basin CRC is a collaborative effort involving 85 partners dedicated to building a resilient and sustainable Murray-Darling Basin. The Australian Water School, a business unit of Water Research Australia, proudly stands among these partners.


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