Public invited to join forum on water sustainability


Date: 16/10/2009

The challenges of balancing the water needs of the environment, agriculture, industry and the community in Western Sydney will be explored in a public forum convened by the University of Western Sydney and Cooperative Research Centre for Irrigation Futures on Saturday 7 November 2009.

Kevin Rozzoli, Chair of the organising committee says the 'Water in Western Sydney: A vital link for healthy places and healthy people?' forum aims to unite the community to achieve greater sustainability of water resources, improve river health and continue viable local food production.

"Involving the public in shaping the focus of the water research and future policies is essential for the success of any action to make the natural water systems of Western Sydney sustainable," says Mr Rozzoli.

The event will include presentations on aspects of achieving sustainability in Western Sydney, the latest research and initiatives in the local area undertaken by councils and the NSW Government.

Associate Professor Basant Maheshwari, from the UWS School of Natural Sciences and CRC for Irrigation Futures says the forum will be an ideal opportunity for the community to play a key role in guiding the region's future.

"The Forum will provide the public rare access to leading national experts on water research, as well as government officials and industry representatives who are on the frontline of sustainable water use research, management and policy," says Associate Professor Maheshwari.

A highlight of the forum will be an interactive and lively panel discussion, facilitated by ABC Television's Ticky Fullerton, in which she will explore the key points raised in the presentations and encourage public feedback through a Question and Answer session.

The Forum will conclude with recommendations for positive actions to help Greater Western Sydney achieve the goal of a sustainable and healthy future.

The forum is part of the Water and Irrigation Strategy Enhancement through Regional Partnership in Western Sydney (WISER) project which seeks to secure the future of the Hawkesbury-Nepean river system through innovative research and engaging with government, private stakeholders and the community.

WHAT: "Water in Western Sydney: A vital link for healthy places and healthy people" public forum
WHEN: 9:30am to 1:00pm, Saturday 7 November 2009
WHERE: The Nepean Room, Penrith City Council, 601 High Street, Penrith
COST: FREE (morning tea and lunch will be provided)
Registration is encouraged. To secure a place visit: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s/78711/wiser-community-forum
or, contact Regan Jenkins ph 02 4570 1710 r.jenkins@uws.edu.au
More information: http://www.irrigationfutures.org.au/wiser

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