TSBE Workshop: Building water resilience

9:00am Friday, 30 July 2021
11:30am Friday, 30 July 2021
Small Group
Rural Centre of Excellence
Cnr Lindsay and Campbell Streets
Toowoomba, Queensland 4350

TSBE and the Alliance for Water Stewardship invite you to attend an industry Water Stewardship workshop on 30 July. This interactive workshop is relevant for strategic business decision-makers interested in water management and sustainability beyond water-use efficiency and pollution control.

For decades, industry and governments alike have been calling for greater collaboration and cooperation on water, not just in the Murray-Darling Basin but globally. What has been less clear is how this will happen. Where this has been overcome using the water stewardship framework, there has been considerable success and scope for collaboration.

Water stewardship as a foundation principle is different from other water management approaches, as it takes the local social, environmental, and economic context into account and encourages collaboration. It’s a practical, bottom-up water management approach. Major global brands from Nestle, Coca Cola, and Unilever, to small irrigation communities, are using water stewardship to build locally relevant engagement and collaboration on water challenges, including water security, water quality, and environmental, social, and governance values (ESGs).

“Going forward, leadership will be less about reaching company-specific targets and more about joining forces for collective action.” – The Coca-Cola Company 2030 Water Security Strategy.

Workshop topics will include:

  • What is water stewardship?
  • How does this compliment what you are already doing in your business?
  • How can this approach benefit our region?
  • Why are major global brands adopting this strategy?
  • How to understand the ESG benefits that your company will gain.

An example of industry collaboration is the Renmark Irrigation Trust who was the first irrigation scheme in the world to achieve gold-level certification with AWS. More importantly, the AWS framework provided a focus and structure for engagement that enabled the first partnership between an irrigation scheme and the CEWH for environmental watering. This project resulted in the RIT being cited by the Interim Inspector General of Murray-Darling Basin Water Resources as an example of successful community collaboration. Now Renmark-Paringa Council is also implementing water stewardship, and local businesses are engaging.

Water Stewardship Australia, trading as Alliance for Water Stewardship Asia-Pacific, is a membership organisation registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. They promote and support water stewardship in the region.

The workshop will conclude with a networking session which will give attendees the opportunity to network with the presenter, ask questions, and meet other local businesses.

Limited tickets are available. Refreshments are provided.

TSBE Member price: $10 (TSBE Members - login to receive the member price)
Non-member price: $30

COVIDSafe event requirements:

We ask that if you are not feeling well or are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms to NOT attend this event. 

You should not enter the event if in the previous 14 days you have:

  • returned to Australia from overseas
  • been in close contact with an active COVID-19 case
  • been in a Queensland declared COVID-19 hotspot, place of concern, or exposure venue, as defined by the Chief Health Officer
  • had a fever, cough, sore throat, headache, distorted sense of taste, shortness of breath, chills, vomiting, or any cold/flu like symptoms in the last 72 hours





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