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Forum to tap into future water opportunities for our region

News release
02 March 2021

Entrepreneur and former Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese will deliver a keynote speech at the Regional Forum ‘Water for our future’ on Friday, 26 March, 2021 in the Clare Town Hall.

The Chair of the Premier’s Climate Change Council and Chief Executive Officer of Business SA will explore the topic of balancing water needs in a changing climate, including the exciting socio-economic opportunities available on our doorstep.

Mr Haese has delivered keynote speeches at the World Cities Summit in Singapore and the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, and as Lord Mayor, was focused on translating South Australia’s renewable energy leadership into practical actions within the City of Adelaide.

Northern and Yorke Landscape Board General Manager Tony Fox said the forum’s ‘water’ theme tapped into an issue that touches everyone in the community.

“Water is our most valuable natural resource. It’s fundamental to our health, our way of life, our economy and our environment,” said Mr Fox.

“Our growing population and reduced rainfall means South Australians think more about water than ever before. We are not only more aware of water issues, we are also placing greater value on water and instinctively taking action to conserve it.

“This Regional Forum will help unpack some of the issues and strategies influencing the management of our water resources through a range of engaging presentations.”

The Regional Forum is an annual event delivered by the Regional Alliance partners including the Northern and Yorke Landscape Board, Legatus Group and Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North.

This year’s forum, ‘Water for our future’, will explore how the Northern and Yorke region can better balance its water needs to drive growth, protect the environment and keep its towns and landscapes green.

It will address the key topics of water for wellbeing and community resilience, water for the environment and water for the economy. Invited speakers and forum panellists will discuss the how green spaces in our towns impact wellbeing and drive tourism opportunities, why cultural water flows are important to our indigenous communities and how farmers can support their stock, protect biodiversity and improve their property’s sustainability.

This free event, with morning tea and lunch provided, will be held between 8.30am and 2pm at the Clare Town Hall. Registrations are essential via https://waterbalance.eventbrite.com.au.

More information

Communications Coordinator

88413444

sarah.johnson@sa.gov.au