Australia is the driest inhabited continent in the world and has the highest water consumption globally. Join Flinders University stars of science and politics Dr Justin Chalker, Associate Professor Cassandra Star and Rodrigo Praino at a workshop to discuss South Australia’s water policy, including the role of non government organisations.
In most parts of Australia, surface water stored in reservoirs is the main source of supply, with only a much smaller share sourced from groundwater.
While water supply in Australia is generally of good quality, it is also vulnerable to the threat of droughts, disappearing rivers and a reduction in dam water levels combined with the potential for industrial and agricultural contamination.
Maintaining water quality is of paramount importance to Governments and policy makers alike, not only to protect public health but for ecosystem habitats and use in farming, fishing, mining, and recreational activities.
This upcoming joint Department of Premier and Cabinet / Flinders University Workshop will discuss South Australia’s water policy and the regulatory environment in detail, using the contamination of groundwater in Australian air bases and the remediation approaches currently employed as the primary case study.
The event will also explore the role played by environmental Non-Government Organisations and action groups to effect change in water policy, particularly in relation to the Murray Darling Basin Plan.
Where: Flinders University Victoria Square, Room 1, Level 1
When: Monday 10 September 2018, 2:00 – 4:00pm, networking afternoon tea included.