Water Resources Law Conference : Law School : The University of Western Australia
 
 

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Water Resources Law Conference

Further information

See program below for conference audio recordings and power point slides.

Photo: Department of Water

The Western Australian Minister for Water announced on 13 March 2015 that the State Government is proceeding to draft a Water Resources Management Bill along the lines of the 2013 position paper: 'Securing Western Australia's Water Future'.

The Department of Water says that community input has helped shape the proposed reforms and the Government has committed to ongoing stakeholder input to assist the adoption of the new legislation to suit Western Australia.

What will that Bill look like? How will it provide for adaptation to the incipient and anticipated effects of climate change on securing water for our environment and consumptive uses? How will it allocate new water rights under the “Water for Food” and “Water for Growth” programs? How will it address pressures on urban water supply and a rapidly increasing interest in waste water as a resource? How will it provide for the management of the cumulative impacts of resources projects underway from the mining investment boom? Will it address the concerns in some sections of the community about the potential impacts of shale gas fracking? 

This conference will seek the answers to these and other questions of water resources law reform in Western Australia, with comparative international and national insights. The Hon Mia Davies, MLA, BMM, The Minister for Water, Western Australia, will open the conference. 

The speakers include national and international legal experts, senior officers of the Department of Water, representatives of the various sectors of water users and environment, and leading technical consultants. The registration fees are reasonable, with some discounts available.

Links have been inserted on the right side to the audio recordings for each session and to the powerpoint or other written material delivered by presenters at the conference.

The Program

Wednesday, 8 April 2015
8.45
CONFERENCE OPENING
Where are we headed with Water Resources Law Reform?
Opening speech
 
The Hon Mia Davies, MLA, BMM, The Minister for Water, Western Australia
 
9.00
SESSION 1 Water Resources Law Reform: Pressures, Precedents and Principles
Chair: Associate Professor Alex Gardner, The University of Western Australia

Welcome and Overview
 

 
Lessons from California and Perspectives from other Australian States
Dr Rebecca Nelson JSD, Non-Resident Fellow, Standford Woods Institute for the Environment and visiting lecturer, Melbourne Law School
The Adaptive Water Governance Project in Australia: Law as a Tool for Adaptation
Professor Barbara Cosens, University of Idaho College of Law,USA, and Visiting Professor with the ANZSOG-Goyder Institute, South Australia
The National Water Initiative and beyond: some reflections from a WA perspective
Dr Des Lord, DA Lord and Associates Pty Ltd and National Water Commission member

Dr Rebecca Nelson

Prof Barbara Cosens

Dr Des Lord

11.00
SESSION 2 Key Issues and Perspectives for Water Resources Reform in WA
Chair: Ms Robyn Glindemann, Clifford Chance, Perth
 
The key issues and proposals for water resources law reform
Tad Bagdon, Executive Director, Policy and Innovation, Department of Water
Tad Bagdon
 
Panel of Commentators: Perspectives on reform issues and proposals
Environmental Conservation - Patrick Pearlman, Environmental Defenders Office
Public water supply - Meredith Blais, Water Corporation of Western Australia
Agriculture - Neil Delroy, Agribusiness Research and Management
Urban amenity and development - Peter Bowyer, The Civil Group & Councillor Urban Development Institute of Australia
Industry spokesperson - Daniela Tonon, Herbert Smith Freehills (Perth), Australian Water Association (WA Committee)



Neil Delroy

Peter Bowyer

1.45
SESSION 3 Water Resources and the Mining industry
Chair: Declan Doherty, Senior Corporate Counsel - Environment, Rio Tinto Iron Ore
 
Developing a legal framework for managing the cumulative impacts of mine dewatering
Daniela Tonon and Fiona Sinclair, Herbert Smith Freehills
Aboriginal engagement in water resource management for extractive industries
Associate Professor Ambelin Kwaymullina, Faculty of Law, The University of Western Australia
State Agreements and the regulation of water resources
Natalie Brown, PhD candidate, Faculty of Law, The University of Western Australia

Daniel Tonon and Fiona Sinclair

Associate Prof Ambelin Kwaymullina

Natalie Brown

3.45
SESSION 4 Developing Alternative Sources and Protecting Water Quality
Chair: Fiona Sinclair, Herbert Smith Freehills
 
A Framework for Allocating and Distributing Waste Water and Storm Water Resources
Tad Bagdon, Executive Director, Policy and innovation, Department of Water
Experience with the Regulation of Waste Water and Storm Water Resources
David Horne, GHD, Perth
Catchment Management for Protecting Water Quality and Ramsar Wetlands
Associate Professor Alex Gardner, Faculty of Law, The University of Western Australia and Marie Waschka

Tad Bagdon

David Horne

Prof Alex Gardner and Marie Waschka

5.15
Conference close  

Acknowledgements

We acknowledge the financial support for the conference from:

The Department of Water, Western Australia
The Co-operative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities

We acknowledge the assistance of the following organisation preparing for and promoting the conference:

Australian Water Association
National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training
National Environmental Law Association
Chamber of Minerals and Energy, WA
AMPLA, The Energy and Resources Law Association

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Full attendance at this conference entitles a legal practitioner to six CPD points in Competency Area 3 Ethics and Professional Responsibility and Competency Area 4 Substantive Law.

Session 1: Competency Area 3 Ethics and Professional Responsibility (0.5) and Competency Area 4 Substantive Knowledge (1)
Session 2: Competency Area 3 Ethics and Professional Responsibility (1) and Competency Area 4 Substantive Knowledge (0.5)
Session 3: Competency Area 3 Ethics and Professional Responsibility (0.5) and Competency Area 4 Substantive Knowledge (1)
Session 4: Competency Area 3 Ethics and Professional Responsibility (0.5) and Competency Area 4 Substantive Knowledge (1)

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