IWA/AWA Regional Conference 1-2 March 2018 (Ballarat)

Featuring a keynote presentation from Dr Sue Brown, Associate Dean – Engagement for the Faculty of Health and Program Coordinator of the Sport Management Programs at Federation University Australia, our first conference program for 2018 titled ‘Leadership for liveability in our community’ can be accessed below.


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SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP (SIG) MEETINGS: Registrations for all Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings scheduled for Thursday 1st March 2018 are to be sent to the individual SIG convenors (click here for SIG contact details).

DELEGATE TOUR: Complimentary to the conference program, Central Highlands Water is pleased to be hosting Integrated Water Cycle Management Tours –’A case study: Lake Wendouree’ on Thursday 1st March 2018. Lake Wendouree was the site of the 1956 Olympic Games rowing events and 2014 World Rowing Masters Regatta and today is one of Ballarat’s premier recreational-tourist attractions offering rowing, fishing and sailing activities. It is surrounded by a 6.1 km walking – running track and high quality nationally recognised Botanical gardens.

During the Millennium Drought of 2000-2010, the Lake (some 220ha in size and at capacity holds 3,300ML of water) was effectively dry during the summer months. Prior to the drought, Central Highlands Water would provide up to 700ML p.a. of water to keep the Lake topped up. During 2006-08 severe Stage 4 water restrictions banned all external water use through the community.

The site tour will show how the integration of stormwater (250ML p.a), Class A recycled water (600ML p.a.), rainfall and groundwater has ensured that the lake levels through all climatic conditions can be maintained. This ensures the Lake can be relied upon for major tourism events which provide a substantial economic boost to the community.

The tour will run over 2 sessions (morning and afternoon departures) with pickups from both The Mercure and Central Highlands Water.  ATTENDANCE ONLY BY ONLINE REGISTRATION BELOW.

Venue: New York Bakery, Sovereign Hill (5min walk from The Mercure)
Dress: After 5 attire
Enjoy this fantastic networking opportunity in a relaxed dinner format with local Ballarat guest speaker and television personality  Gorgi Coghlan. Gorgi is a regular co-host on Network Ten’s prime time program ‘The Project’, alongside Pete Hellier & Waleed Aly. Gorgi’s diverse experience in news, current affairs, media, journalism, travel, musical theatre, science, education and professional singing, have made her a valued member of the panel for the past four years and one of the most well-rounded television presenters in the industry. As a devoted community member, we look forward to hearing Gorgi’s perspective on what ingredients are needed to provide successful leadership for liveable and prosperous communities.

Accommodation can be secured now at the Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre. Please refer to page 5 of the Conference Program for alternate accommodation options located within short walking distance of the Mercure. Please remember to mention the reservation is for the ‘Institute of Water Administration’ Conference when booking to determine if there are any conference room allocations still available.

For any enquiries regarding the program of events, please contact our event coordinator on ros.harrison@vicwater.org.au or phone 9639 8868.

  • CHW Delegate Tour: Integrated Water Cycle Management –'A case study: Lake Wendouree'REGISTER NOW

    1 Mar 2018

    Click here for more information on locations and timings for the tour.


  • IWA Conference & DinnerREGISTER NOW

    1 Mar 2018

    Conference Theme:  Leadership for liveability in our community

    • Conference Venue: Mercure Hotel & Convention Centre Ballarat
    • Dinner Venue: Sovereign Hill, New York Bakery, Ballarat

    Prices: * note all prices are inclusive of GST

    Non-IWA Individual member IWA Individual member
    Thursday 1 March 2018
    Special Interest Group meetings FREE – Register directly with SIG Convenor FREE – Register directly with SIG Convenor
    Conference Dinner $186.00 $160.00
    Friday 2 March 2018
    IWA Conference $186.00 $160.00

    Cancellation / Refund – should you be unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome. A charge of 50% of the registration fee may be made for cancellations received more than 7 days prior to the start of the conference. No refunds will be provided for cancellations within 7 days of the conference start date.

    For any enquiries regarding the program of events, please contact  ros.harrison@vicwater.org.au or phone 9639 8868.