What does water mean to you?

13 May 2008

Water and the many opportunities and constraints it poses will be the topic of discussion at the Charles Darwin Symposium, Water in the Top End, on 30 May.

The Symposium, jointly organised by the University and NT Government, will focus on the future of water in the Top End.

Charles Darwin University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and convenor of the Symposium, Professor Bob Wasson said the use of water in the Top End was currently a hot topic, with competing interests and pressures from drought ravaged southern Australia.

“This symposium provides Northern Territorians an opportunity to debate how they might respond to this demand, now and in the future,” he said.

A number of experts will address wide-ranging issues surrounding the future uses of water resources, including agriculture, climate change, social and cultural dimensions of water, and the results of the Northern Australia Water Use Summit.

The symposium will facilitate discussion and debate about water use in the Top End. There will be opportunities for the public to comment, question and critique the experts, as well as to present their own perspectives on the issues.

Master of ceremonies and environmental and communications consultant Rob Gell will lead discussions at the event.

The symposium will be held on Friday, 30 May at the Mal Nairn Auditorium, Charles Darwin University, Casuarina campus, Darwin.

Attendance is free and open to all members of the public, with prior online registration at www.cdu.edu.au/cdss.

For more information, email cdss@cdu.edu.au or call 08 8946 6202.

Key objectives

  1. Economic Development
  2. Social and Cultural Development
  3. Environmentally Sustainable Development

About the partnership

The Partnership Agreement provides for the economic and social development of the Northern Territory to be supported by a robust and resilient University working in partnership with government agencies and the wider community to contribute to education, research, policy development and program delivery.