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    Groundwater in a Changing World Panel

    Our world is subject to continuous change and groundwater is right at the receiving end of many of those changes, being the world’s largest freshwater store.

    Tuesday 26 November (morning)

    Our world is subject to continuous change and groundwater is right at the receiving end of many of those changes, being the world’s largest freshwater store. From climate variability and change to social attitudes and from technology advancements such as new sensors, remote imaging and rapid advancement in data transmission and processing; we are bound to develop novel new strategies in groundwater resource management.  The panel will focus on the identification of the opportunities and challenges involved in assessing, managing and monitoring our strategic groundwater resources.  This panel discussion will involve panel members representing end users, hydrogeologic practitioners and researchers operating at the forefront of our evolving groundwater world. Conference participants are encouraged to actively participate to ensure that the panel discussion is relevant and contemporary.  

    Panel members

    Dr Andrew Ross (Chair)

    Visiting Research Fellow Fenner School, Australian National University

    Mr Jim McDonald

    Former chairman of the Namoi Catchment Management Authority

    Ms Erika Korosi

    Lead Water Stewardship, BHP

    Dr Len Drury

    Partner, Aqua Rock Konsultants

     

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    Groundwater and the Environment Panel

    Groundwater-dependent ecosystems (GDEs) are ecosystems that rely upon groundwater. Therefore, these ecosystems may be sensitive to declining groundwater tables resulting from high rates of groundwater extraction. In this panel, we will be discussing the potential impacts of groundwater extractions on GDEs ecosystems

    Tuesday 26 November (morning)

    Groundwater-dependent ecosystems (GDEs) are ecosystems that rely upon groundwater. Therefore, these ecosystems may be sensitive to declining groundwater tables resulting from high rates of groundwater extraction. In this panel, we will be discussing the potential impacts of groundwater extractions on GDEs ecosystems, with particular emphasis on:

    1. Recent developments in monitoring, assessment, and data availability;
    2. Current challenges (including key data gaps); and 
    3. Future directions.
    Panel members

    Mr Peter Baker (Chair)

    Director, Department of the Environment & Energy

    Ms Eloise Nation

    Senior Hydrogeologist, Bureau of Meteorology. 

    Ms Fabienne d’Hautefeuille

    Manager Water Assessments, NSW Department of Industry

    Ms Katharine Glanville

    Project Manager, Department of Environment and Science

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    Groundwater and Infrastructure Panel

    As infrastructure strives to meet increasing usage from global population movements to metropolitan areas, there are pressures for up-to-date, effective, and efficient infrastructure.

    Wednesday 27 November (morning)

    Sponsored by EMM 

    As infrastructure strives to meet increasing usage from global population movements to metropolitan areas, there are pressures for up-to-date, effective, and efficient infrastructure. Whether for transport of goods or people, due to decreases in available space resulting from increasing population densities, many linear infrastructure projects in Australia are now considered underground structures such as tunnels (Inland Rail, Melbourne Metro Rail, WestConnex, Cross River Rail, etc.). The expertise in tunnelling is not constrained to urban areas and large-scale infrastructure projects, for example the Snowy Hydro 2.0 scheme, which uses this expertise to develop innovative solutions to everyday problems. This panel session will discuss the multi-faceted aspects of the relationship between linear infrastructure and groundwater in our changing world.  With a focus on subsurface infrastructure such as tunnelling and its many applications, the panel includes professionals with expertise from various aspects of linear infrastructure within Australia’s major cities and the Snowy Hydro scheme, inclusive of regulatory /approvals, consulting, and tunnelling professionals to engage in a well-rounded discussion of the challenges and considerations for the successful development and operation of linear infrastructure. 

    Panel members

    Mr Angus McFarlane (Chair)

    Senior Hydrogeologist, AECOM

    Ms Liz Webb

    Director - Principal Hydrogeologist, EMM Consulting Pty Limited

    Dr Richard Evans

    Principal Hydrogeologist - Infrastructure and Environment, Jacobs

    Mr Brendan Henry

    Senior Technical Director, GHD

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    Groundwater in Mining and Resources Panel

    The panel session will provide an informative discussion on State and Commonwealth requirements in the groundwater approvals process for major coal projects and coal seam gas (CSG).

    Wednesday 27 November (morning)

    Sponsored by GHD

    Resources Panel Session - Groundwater in Mining and Resources: Understanding and Assessing Risk in Groundwater Impacts from Coal Resource Development. The panel session will provide an informative discussion on State and Commonwealth requirements in the groundwater approvals process for major coal projects and coal seam gas (CSG). The session will be chaired by Dr Chris Pigram of the Independent Expert Scientific Committee (IESC), and the panel will include a diverse panel with representatives from State government, private industry and consulting.

    Panel members 

    Dr Jennifer Stauber (Chair)

    Chief Research Scientist - CSIRO Land and Water

    Mr Blair Douglas

    Global Head of Water, BHP 

    Dr Wendy Timms

    Professor, Environmental Engineering, Deakin University

    Mr John Paul Williams 

    Senior Hydrogeologist, NSW Department of Industry 

    Mr Christopher Loveday

    Director - Operational Support I Regulatory Support / Department of Environment and Science

    Mr James Tomlin

    Director, Australasian Groundwater and Environmental Consultants Pty Ltd

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    Indigenous groundwater connections, knowledge and values – session & panel

    The Australasian Groundwater Conference is proud to host a session that focusses entirely on Indigenous groundwater values and knowledge.

    Monday 25 November (morning)

    The Australasian Groundwater Conference is proud to host a session that focusses entirely on Indigenous groundwater values and knowledge. Indigenous people’s long association and connections to groundwater can cover a broad range, such as historic use for consumption and survival in a dry landscape and a suite of cultural and spiritual connections associated with knowledge and use of the water and places associated with groundwater.

    By hosting this session, we aim to promote the understanding and importance of Indigenous groundwater connections, values and knowledge in Australasia. We hope that this will serve as a catalyst for improving the way we conserve and manage groundwater in our changing world in a way that delivers positive outcomes for Indigenous stakeholders and protects groundwater dependant knowledge and cultural values.

    The session will comprise two sub-sessions: 1) a technical session with a keynote and presentation of case studies and projects; and 2) a panel session combining key Indigenous leaders in the field with Q&A.

    Technical Session (1 hour)

    Keynote on Indigenous Groundwater Connections: Brad Moggridge, Aboriginal Water Expert, University of Canberra

    Presentation 2: Partnering indigenous knowledge (Mattauranga Maori) and biophysical science: Developing a planning framework for rock art and cultural landscape protection in relation to disturbance of freshwater environments. Richard Harmon

    Presentation 3: Scientific benefits of partnering with Traditional Owners. Josephine Searle 

    Presentation 4: A collaborative study combining contemporary hydrogeological methods with traditional knowledge to understand living water in the Great Sandy Desert. Steven Bolton

    Panel (1 hour)

    "Indigenous Groundwater Connections and Values"

    Mr Bradley Moggridge (Chair)

    Aboriginal Water Expert

    Dr Anne Poelina

    Social Entrepreneur

    Mr Alan Holt

    Great Artesian Basin Coordinating Committee Member