For those not yet in the know, National Water Week 2016 was kick-started yesterday and ends on Friday with the annual WA Water Awards Dinner at the Parmelia Hilton.
National Water Week is hosted by the Australian Water Association as an opportunity to build community awareness and understanding around water issues and opportunities for growth and innovation. It also serves as a reminder that water must be used wisely if there is to be enough to meet the needs of our future generations. While the week is dedicated to encouraging communities to take action to protect our vital water sources, it’s also a celebration of innovation and water achievements that have and will contribute to Australia’s sustainable future and economic prosperity.
This year’s theme is:
“Water – Life – Growth”
While it seems self-evident, we DO need the reminder that water plays a role in our daily lives, but is also critical in sustaining key industries that support the Australian economy (agriculture, processing) as well as making our cities and communities a happy and green place to live. So if we want sustainable growth (be it economic, social or keeping the bees buzzing) we need to make sure we use our water wisely TODAY and recognise just how valuable it is (and so we don’t go down the path of California….).
Some of the key events happening around the country this week includes tonight’s Water Industry Night, hosted by WA’s New WAter Ways. Get down to the Department of Planning (140 William St) if you’re around Perth at 5.30pm for a 6pm start to hear three brilliant speakers provide their perspective on the new Drainage for Liveability Program – a collaboration between the Department of Water and Water Corporation. Come hear from:
- Tim Sparks, Manager Urban Water, Department of Water;
- Suzanne Brown, Manager Drainage & Liveable Communities; and
- Jeremy Maher, Environmental Coordinator, City of Bayswater
It’s also not too late to go Canoeing on the Canning River this Friday 21st October, courtesy of SERCUL (8am – 3.45pm). Take this opportunity to get out and enjoy the sunshine and river water, learn about the indigenous connections to this landscape, explore the local biodiversity and discover more about the unique fresh and salt water ecosystems and key issues that the Canning River is facing. Contact SERCUL for more information!
And last but not least, get your fancy pants on and find out whether Essential Environmental can win a Water Awards three years in a row at the WA Water Awards Dinner at the Parmelia Hilton this Friday 21st October! As well as celebrating the latest achievements, innovation and excellence of the WA water industry of course. Verity James, ABC TV and radio presenter will be back to MC the night and you can dance the night away to Carbon Taxi (a puntastic name for a band) after a night of pre-dinner canapés, mains, dessert and drinks.
Happy National Water Week everyone!