Kimberley community to reflect on water
Released 12 Mar 2008
The inaugural Kimberley Water Forum this week in Broome will attract many water industry representatives and stakeholders from across the Kimberley to discuss regional water issues.
A successful regional partnership between five key organisations - the Department of Water, Kimberley Land Council, Environs Kimberley, Department of Agriculture and Food and TRACK (Tropical Rivers and Coastal Knowledge), has led to the emergence of this forum which will introduce and highlight a range of perspectives on water in the region.
Forum co-ordinator, Susie Williams from the Department of Water's Kununurra office, said the basis for the forum was to share information.
"We are aiming to share understanding of activities around water planning and management, by profiling a range of perspectives on water in the Kimberley and the outcomes of the workshop should provide an important foundation for Kimberley regional water planning," Ms Williams said.
"There is a need to set the scene for regional people so they understand the various levels in water management from national, through to state and local issues. It will be a good opportunity for community and government to discuss water issues together.
"Presentations will cover local water planning, local research projects, way of life in the Kimberley, economic livelihoods, sustainability and planning and management.
"The forum will involve local community, government, industry and environment groups, as well as state and national representatives.
"Participants will have the opportunity to contribute what they 'know and feel' about water issues throughout the sessions, and have further discussions with presenters during break times. Information will be charted on a wall map to visualise the many components of water and where they fit into the larger scheme."
Further information is available from Susie Williams, Senior Program Coordinator, Department of Water 0411 290 763. The forum will be held in Broome tomorrow, March 13 and Friday March 14, 2008.
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848 / 0434 603 441