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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

    Dr Glenn Harrington

    Director of Innovative Groundwater Solutions

    Mr Jim McDonald

    Former chairman of the Namoi Catchment Management Authority

    Ms Erika Korosi

    Lead Water Stewardship - BHP

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    Groundwater and the Environment

    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

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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)

    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 Chris Pigram (Chair)

    Chair, Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development

    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

    Manager. Environmental Services – Mining, Department of State Development (QLD)

    Mr James Tomlin

    Director, Australasian Groundwater and Environmental Consultants Pty Ltd