The Ozwater ‘19 Conference is the largest water conference in the Southern Hemisphere.

DELWP's work in the water sector was shared with an international audience last week at the Australian Water Association’s Ozwater ‘19 Conference, the largest water conference in the Southern Hemisphere.

Liveability Victoria International (LVI) from the Water and Catchments Group (WCG) was a major sponsor of the conference which ran from 7–9 May and hosted a Victorian stand with industry colleagues from Global Victoria. The stand was run by LVI and WCG staff members as well as additional water sector partners including those from Intelligent Water Network, Southeast Water and City West Water.

The Ozwater ’19 theme was “Transforming our World” and was an opportunity to showcase and share Victoria’s knowledge and expertise in dealing with challenges such as water quality and water supply in the face of climate change and population growth. It also afforded the opportunity to learn how other jurisdictions from around Australia and across the globe are handling these common challenges and others like them.

For the first time, the Ozwater ‘19 Conference also featured a workshop run by Melbourne Water titled 'Closing the (Cultural) Gap on Water Values; Promoting Aboriginal Participation in Water’ which featured a presentation on the DELWP Aboriginal Water Unit. This helped showcase the way Victoria is leading the way in recognising Aboriginal aspirations for water.

The official three-day program was preceded by a single-day Young Water Professionals Program on Monday 6 May for those new to the water sector and emerging leaders.

Guests father around the Victorian Water display at Ozwater '19 Conference in Melbourne Guests gather around the Victorian Water display at Ozwater '19 Conference in Melbourne

Guests gather around the Victorian Water display at Ozwater '19 Conference in Melbourne The Victorian Water display at Ozwater '19 Conference in Melbourne